Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2007 Rheingau

2007 Schloss Schönborn


2007 Schloss Schönborn Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Riesling Kabinett, QmP Rheingau

Yes, this is still a wine blog, despite all the junk I've been writing as of late. We see a lot of this estate in the LCBO. Many older vintages have been released in the past 2 years, and my experience with them has been wonderful, as you can see from previous posts:

Video: 1982/1994 Rheingau --- 1982 Rheingau --- 1994 Rheingau --- Undisputed Greatness --- 1994 Schönborn

This is a new release, 2007 vintage. 2007 was noted for its extremely high acidity, and a return to the more classic, austere style of German riesling. The estate also changed its labels. More modern perhaps, with the seal the only indication of its previous design. I don't like it. Don't mess with what works, the gold-trimmed labels were beautiful.

Light colour in the glass, with a slight mousse. Interesting. On the nose, lots of bright citrus, light honey, and minerals. Definite prickle of mousse on the palate, but just ever so gently. Citrus follows, as does the minerality, with a creaminess that I'm sure will develop. Long finish. Delicious, crisp, bright wine, with only a hint of sweetness. Wonderful, with all the tension, energy, and excitement of young German riesling.

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