Saturday, August 14, 2010
1994 Schloss Schönborn Riesling, QbA Rheingau
Since this entire dinner is Rieslingfest, we must talk about the wonderful rieslings we drank. A lineup of Rheingau and Mosel rieslings, with some age. Chilled, and thirstily drunk up - the wines were fantastic with our seafood, and although I may have indulged a bit too much, it ranks as one of the great wine dinners in recent memory.
This must be the 4th or 5th bottle of this wine I've had, and I've enjoyed it every time for what it is . . . a simple riesling, showing great character from its time aging in bottle. There's 3 instances of documentation here: August 2008 . . . March 2009 . . . July 2009. I may have been a bit enthusiastic in my praise for the wines earlier, but this still gives a lot of pleasure.
Pale, intense bouquet that's purely and entirely of the Rheingau - mature citrus fruit, oily and penetrating minerality. All that I want out of an old riesling. Palate is a bit tired, acidity rising, but with our shrimp, this bottle was just delicious.