Monday, August 16, 2010

2006 Mosel

2006 Dr. Hermann Riesling Spätlese

2006 Dr. Hermann Riesling Spätlese, QmP Erdner Treppchen, Mosel

Yes, finally, we get to the last wine of the five bottles opened for Rieslingfest. I was looking forward to this one, what I hoped was a textbook example of what young Mosel wines can deliver. Rich honey and fruit, with a certain muskiness underlining everything. Very sweet on the palate, its youthful exuberance unsettled and callow. Lacking acidity as well - just doesn't have the pop or energy of a 2007, or even many of the 2008 Mosel's I've been drinking. We'll see. This is still a very, very young spätlesen wine.

Opinion amongst my dinner guests were more in agreement - too sweet. I would agree, but for different reasons. I don't have a problem with the amount of residual sugar in the wine - the only issue is the utter lack of acid, which would undeniably help balance the wine, lending it more intensity, focus, and energy. A Mosel wine without tension plays like limp guitar strings - disagreeable to the palate, and to good sense.

But still drinkable. Come on, you know me better than that - I will never scorn a German riesling, ever. I finished the bottle after my guests left - I had given up trying to clean up everything, leaving it for the next day. Slept late (or early, depending on your perspective), very full, very drunk, and very satisfied. Rieslingfest, done.



  1. Hi David,
    I've been really enjoying your blog and your recent entries on German Riesling! I was wondering: do you have any favorite Rieslings from the Mosel that you would recommend? I'm in the middle of a five month stint of living in Germany and am hoping to discover more great German wines (and hopefully visit some wineries, in the Mosel in particular) while I'm still here.

  2. Thanks Lesley for the kind words! I've sent you an email - you should talk to someone much more qualified than I am about Mosel. Very, very jealous, the Mosel is on top of my list of places to go!