Thursday, August 9, 2012

Auslesen that pierces straight to the heart


1998 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf "R" Riesling Auslese QmP Forster Pechstein Pfalz

I've got a simple philosophy for the wines that I'd like to drink. And that is I want my mind to be blown every time. That's not too much to ask for, is it? We always have this notion that we want wine to taste good and be reliable, but maybe it shouldn't be so. Maybe what we all need in our lives is some surprise, some mystery . . . some romance. We could seriously all do with a little bit more romance, in wines, and elsewhere.

I'd like to think that I've got somewhat of an understanding about German riesling labels. You know, about the different terroirs, the different vineyards, the ripeness levels, the vintages . . . but every once in a while, you come across a bottle like this that's just a bit confusing. Pfalz isn't as heralded for its rieslings as the Mosel or Rheingau, but there's good terroir here. Dr. Bürklin-Wolf is one of the best producers in the region, and the "R" here stands for Reserve - they've been releasing wines from the late 1990's under this designation. An auslese, which gives a sense of what you're going to see in the glass.

This is simply unbridled, heart-thumping romance, class in a glass. Rich and unctuous, with that lovely stream of minerality and acidity. Complex and intellectual, all the while completely seductive and enchanting.

We drank it with dinner over 3 days, but who cares. Those who know me will find this slightly odd, but this is definitely one of those wines that needs to be appreciated on its own. Don't try to be fancy and mess around with greatness. And who says men don't enjoy a bit of romance? Life is stressful and difficult, and ultimately, meaningless, so any chance we have to get away a bit, even if its just to enjoy a glass of good wine, go for a nice walk outside . . . we need to seize it. Find a bit of romance in everything you do.


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