Monday, October 17, 2011
2006 Schloss Reinhartshausen Old Vines Riesling
This is a superb German Riesling sampled and enjoyed by a group of friends on the patio around the fire pit.
Schloss Reinhartshausen is the largest privately owned wine estate in Rheingau and this offering is the product of 40 year-old vines planted in the Hoherain vineyard.
The initial reaction is “wow” as you savor the interplay of sweetness and acidity. It’s finished in the “off dry” style but the acidity keeps the sweetness in good balance. That fact made this popular with both fans of dry Riesling and those who avoid acidic wines.
The palate is dominated by white peach with a nice tapestry of citrus flavors that prance around as you drink. There is moderate minerality to add complexity and a much fuller body than you may expect from a Riesling. Watery this is not.
It’s a wine that generated a lot of discussion around the fire. This is a gem of a Riesling that I purchased online for a special price of only $14 (an unbelievable value). This heavenly Germanic elixir copped a ***** rating out of *****.