Saturday, February 20, 2010

2003 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

2003 Dr. Fischer Riesling Spatlese

2003 Dr. Fischer Riesling Spätlese, Ockfener Bockstein, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Itching for riesling. For drinking more white wines, in fact. An odd itch that I feel I must scratch, even though I tend to drink heavier, richer red wines in the winter. I was going to lay this bottle down, but when I saw how uninspired the label looked, out came the cork.

Pale in colour, but this is a powerhouse. Lots of oily, lanolin minerality, with the underlying honey and citrus commonly found in older riesling. The richness and weight of the wine mark it clearly as a 2003, although it does have the adequate acidity to balance out the remarkable amount of sweetness. Lacking some complexity, but a very good wine nonetheless.

There. That felt a bit better. But I can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit, so I can begin really digging into my cellar for some serious German wines. Interested in a 10-bottle riesling dinner, mes amis?


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