Saturday, August 20, 2011

1992 Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Spätlese

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1992 Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Spätlese, QmP Mülheimer Sonnenlay, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

I've been holding onto this wine for a long, long time. We learned about opportunity cost early on in school, and even though I pretty much write off my wine purchases as soon as I buy, it's still upsetting that I have cases and cases just sitting there in the dark without purpose. I pulled this one out because it was time to see how these older wines were doing, and because I knew my aunt would love it.

We finished off dinner last weekend with this. It was a beautiful day and I was one with the grill - we had plates and plates of seafood they brought over from Tokyo, aji and sanma, as well as lots of greens. With a few slices of Frankfurter Kranz remaining, it was time for this wine to shine. Very pale in colour, almost impossibly pale considering this is a nearly 20 year old wine. Lots of honey, baked apples, that beautiful minerality of the middle Mosel. Not as lively as I'd hope an old spätlesen to be. Definitely quite fatigued on the palate, with the finish taking a bit of a nosedive. Balanced, with just a kiss of sweetness.

Delicious with our cake, and our conversation.

DF

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