Sunday, July 01, 2007

Rueff-Rochling Riseling 2003 wine review by (PB)

German wines contain a lot of information on their label that will help you buy the right wine if you know what you are reading. There are basically six levels of quality and the label tells you which you are considering. The first level is a Q.B. A. wine which stand for a German phrase that essentially means it meets the level of quality set by the particular region in which it is made and bottled. The word "Qualitatswein" or just the initials (above) will let you know this.

From there the quality levels rise with their attendant "title" on the label. The "titles" in ascending order as as follows:
Kabinett; Spatlese; (pronounced--Shpayt-Laysuh) Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese,
each having an ascending sweetness (and price) as well.

This wine reviewed is a simple Q.B.A. wine which should be a basic table wine. What it is, is fantastic! From the Mosel region, it is pale straw in color with an intense bouquet of citrus and light guava with sweet vanilla.

In the mouth it is a little creamy with citrus and nice structure, dry and fruity. This wine is much better than the normal Q.B. A. wine. (NW) paid $15 for this wine on sale which is quite high actually for a typical Qualitatswein German wine, but then this is no typical German Q.B. A. wine so raise a glass@

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