Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weingut Burg Ravensburg 2009 Dry Riesling, Baden

This is a value priced dry Riesling from Germany. Ravensburg is one of the greatest surviving castles in the Kraichgau area of Baden. The estate has a lot of history, being mentioned in documents that date it back to 1251.

I must admit that none of this influenced my decision to pick up this bottle. Rather it was the amazingly low price of $7 and the fact this is Riesling month.

The wine is a versatile one, serving well as a casual sipper or an accompaniment to a meal of ham, poultry or Chinese cuisine. The alcohol level is 11.5%, so it has a very light feel.

We weren’t dazzled by this wine, which lacks complexity. It has a smattering of lime and floral flavor notes and the finish is missing in action. Although listed as dry, this wine inches its way toward off-dry with a hint of sweetness.

This Riesling falls short of other German ones and is well below others much closer to home. Well, what do you expect for $7? Ravensburg would, however, be a perfectly satisfying wine chilled down on the back patio during a scorching Memorial Day weekend.

Rating: 2 of 5   Value: 2.5 of 5

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