Monday, October 23, 2006

Pindar 2001 Johannisberg Riesling Ice wine review by (PB)

This New York State dessert wine is an amber jeweled beauty that is stunning right from the pour. My birthday is just around the corner and some friends came over for dinner bearing gifts one of which was this *wine. I have not much experience with New York State wines and the ones I have were disappointing. This wine borders on awesome.

Every facet of this wine is worth contemplating which is what makes a wine--a great wine. The color is unique and in fact when I first laid eyes on the brownish blush amber, I was concerned the wine was gone. One sniff and I was in reverie. The bouquet is just deep in rich spices with cinnamon and nutmeg. The nose is full of honeyed richness with all kinds of layers. Wow.

In the mouth–and I was still skeptical because the challenge with a dessert wine is to get that profound sweetness yet balanced with a solid foundation of acid to carry the sugar. Otherwise you have a sickeningly sweet wine that is stomach turning after two sips.

This wine has it all. It is intensely sweet with the acid to make it delightful and crying for more. In the mouth there is just huge flavors of ultra-sweet stewed apricots and a fruity finish that is great.

*Point of wine etiquette–When you take an unsolicited bottle of wine to your host’s house, protocol says the wine is a gift and you should not expect your host to open it.

Since I didn't buy this wine, I don’t have a price on it but I suspect it was around $35 for a half bottle. Not cheap to be sure but a wine of this caliber is worth it Raise a glass


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