Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Salomon Undhof 2006 “Steinterrassen” Riesling

Founded in 1792, Salomon Undhof is an Austrian wine estate with a long tradition. The seventh generation of the Salomon family continues to produce white wine from its terraced vineyards along the banks of the Danube River. All grapes, including their famous Riesling, are harvested traditionally by hand.

I picked up the 2006 Steinterrassen Riesling at Andersons for $11. That’s a hard to resist price for an Austrian Riesling.

This wine has an elegant palate. Rather than an austere acidity, there is a soft sweetness that is balanced with a bone-dry finish. There is a tingly minerality with delicate floral aromas.

In short, this is a darn good Riesling for the price. Have no fear about the 2006 vintage, it is still drinking well and still has plenty of life.
The high acidity of Rieslings provides a longer cellar life than most whites. I intend to add Salomon Undhof to my “watch” list for the future.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

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