On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to join in with other wine writers and wine lovers to taste Riesling from three different regions. We sampled Riesling from Alsace (France), Rheingau (Germany), and Kamptal (Austria). Each wine was completely different from the others, showing the vast diversity of the Riesling grape. Here are my tasting notes from the #Winechat Twitter event!
Alsace – Paul Blanck & Fils Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010
This Riesling opens with abundant citrus aromas. The bright, balanced palate offers citrus and tropical fruit flavors and there is healthy acidity that gives the wine a nice lift through the tart, lengthy finish. Full of character yet elegant! ($13% alcohol, $35)
Rheingau – Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011
Enticing aromas of green apples and tropical fruit jump out of the glass. The palate is slightly sweet with tastes of green apples, pineapple, lime, and a touch of honey. There is ample acidity present to balance the sweetness. If you think you don’t like sweet Riesling, I am pretty sure this wine will change your mind! (9.5% alcohol, $24)
Kamptal – Brandl Riesling 2011 from the Heilingenstein
This is the biggest and boldest Riesling of the lineup. The wine begins with aromas of minerals and citrus. The mineral-driven palate offers tastes of stone fruit, citrus, and ginger. The palate also is a bit thicker than the other two wines of the evening. I think this wine destroys any argument that Riesling is meek and mild. (14% alcohol, $34)