Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 1997 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Rich nose with dueling aromas of bright lemons and dried apricots

Plush on the palate, with lime and wet stones

Finishes with more dried apricot and a long, silky finish that tapers nicely

Our Thanksgiving Day was highlighted by a gathering of friends and family. The group was just big enough that we had two of everything- two turkeys, two potato dishes, two stuffings, and yes, two featured wines.

One of the wines was a rare magnum of this Riesling. The bottle itself was a showpiece- incredibly tall and slender. It was one of three a large wine store had acquired several years ago. I spotted it on a rack in the back of the climte-controlled wine room and asked the general manager about it. He said the other two were purchased by employees, and added that they both reported the wine was drinking well. It was a cool $50.

I was incredibly impressed with the wine, after some initial concern when the cork slipped out too easily and was completely soaked and covered in mold. I crossed my fingers and poured a bit to taste. Fortunately, it was awesome and showed a lot of life. The dueling aromas of bright lemon and dried apricot made the wine really interesting and flavorful. The finish was long and silky.

The bottle was easy to finish, with it's appealing flavors and low alcohol content. It made a nice compliment to the appetizers and worked okay with dinner, although it wasn't a perfect pairing to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. For that reason, we also offered a red wine to guests so they could enjoy one white and one red as they please.

So far, in my experience, Riesling with some age on it is a marvelous thing- even some Kabinett Rieslings. Enjoy a rare find and raise a glass!

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