Tuesday, June 18, 2013

comfortable in your arms

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2005 August Kesseler Riesling Spätlese | QmP Rüdesheimer Bischofsberg | Rheingau
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2011 Studert-Prüm Riesling Kabinett | QmP Graacher Himmelreich | Mosel

It feels so good to be in your arms - your warm embrace, your soft, feminine touch, the fragrance emanating out of every pore of your being. You're comforting, nurturing, seductive. I can't get you out of my mind. You rock my world yet remain an enigma, defying labels and generalizations. Just when I think I start understanding, getting it, you throw something new at me and I start all over again. But I love it like that. Keeps me on my toes.

From the Rheingau to the Mosel, two wines that challenge what you think you know about German riesling. The August Kesseler, a wine that blends sensuality and steeliness, a femme fatale. Ripe tropical notes, mango and papaya, with a most peculiar and unique floral scent, all underlined with a beautiful layer of dry extract. And the Studert-Prüm, always one of my favourite Mosel wines. Racy and pure, this 2011 Graacher Himmelreich is quite ripe for a kabinett. But again, that underlying acidity and minerality making the wine. Happiness.

So we come to the same question as before - can we enjoy a wine on both a sensual as well as intellectual level? In this case, a resounding yes. These wines give so much pleasure, yet offer such a profound vinous experience ... a perfect wine? Or as close to it in the glass as it gets. It's a wine that the most rudimentary of tasters enjoy - it's also a wine that stimulates and excites the most experienced of us. And yes, riesling works like a charm when you're trying to impress your lady friends. When we drink, we drink first for pleasure. But we also drink because wine elevates us, turns us into travelers, philosophers, poets, and horndogs. Whatever works for you.

DF

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