Let’s start November with a riesling. But not just any riesling, let’s start it with a really good riesling.
This is one of those posts that would fall into the almost-cheap-wine ratings category as it does come in a bit above my typical target price range. But how can I fairly compare cheap wines to more expensive ones if I don’t taste those higher priced wines. Now, the price isn’t crazy out of the range. It’s just above my typical target price coming in at $30 a bottle.
And honestly I didn’t even know the price until after I took my tasting notes and started to write it up here. It was just another bottle of wine from the rack and when it stood out I had to look closer.
Like many of my favorite rieslings, this one comes from Germany. The Rheingau region to be specific. And it’s from one of the oldest estates in Rheingau, Weingut Spreitzer, founded back in 1641.
I should also note that this wine was imported by Skurnik Wines. One thing I’ve learned over my years of tasting wines is finding importers you trust can help you find great wines. And Skurnik is one of the good ones.
The nose of this wine is delightful, with a complex bouquet of aromas such as orange blossom, pear, lemon, apple and melon. Vibrant acidity make the palate sing with flavors like pear, melon, apple and even mango and pineapple. This riesling is a bit more tropical than many. The pineapple really comes out on the finish. Although there are loads of fruit flavors, this wine is dry (i.e., trocken). And it’s fantastic.
Wine: Weingut Spreitzer, Hallgartener Hendelberg Trocken Riesling
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.