Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2004 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

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2004 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett, QmP Graacher Domprobst, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

The third wine of Oyster Dinner.

We've been talking a lot about Mosel rieslings, so I had to find one in my cellar to drink alongside. A bit of age, not as much as I'd like to wait, but most of my wines are kept at a friend's place. Much darker than the Niagara wines, due to age, certainly, but also a difference in terroir. I'm not sure Niagara rieslings will ever achieve this kind of deep, golden hue, but we'll see. We'll see.

I've never drank a wine that smelled and tasted so wholly and purely of grapefruit. All the beautiful fragrance of grapefruit, with that distinct bitterness and tang. Residual sugar is very prominent in the mouth, and although the acidity cleans it up somewhat, it just doesn't have the tingly tension of the two Niagara rieslings. Lacking a bit of complexity outside the fruit. Certainly not what I was expecting, but we'll have to drink more wines from this terroir to get a better sense of Graacher Domprobst.

Too much residual sugar to pair with the oysters. But let's be honest, at this point of the dinner, I was beyond the point of being picky with pairings.

DF

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