Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett 2006 wine review by (PB)

Mosel Rieslings are supposed to excel in 2006 with particularly good acidity. So I grabbed this $12 variety to see if this all around assessment would hold even with the less expensive wines as it often does. This wine has the "Kabinett" designation meaning it is the lowest of 5 "pradikats" or "titles" relating to the wines level of sweetness. (search this blog for a previous post of an explanation of German wine labels and titles if interested)

This wine is straw colored with a very gentle bouquet that is almost lightly floral with a hint of spice and some sweet powdery fruit that eludes my identification.

Unfortunately, the intrigue of the bouquet does not carry thorough to the palate and this wine is structurally weak with weak all around character and flavor. You get what you pay for frequently with wine but that does not mean that a structurally sound wine cannot be expected for little money. This wine is just disappointingly flaccid. Raise a glass of other 06's and look for some bargains from Germany in this vintage.

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