Monday, December 7, 2020

Plob 2016 Cliffhanger Riesling, Mosel

Cliffhanger 2016 RieslingLooking for food-friendly, easy-going wine? Look no further than this Mosel Riesling.

Riesling Rendezvous

What is the world’s most versatile wine grape? Probably Riesling.

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It can be finished into austere, bone-dry wine, or into a succulent late harvest bottle. Depending on the winemaker, it can land anywhere in between.

Our most recent rendezvous with Riesling was during a socially-distant game night with relatives. As you can see, they had another traveler with them, Kiwi the parrot!

We opened the 2016 Cliffhanger Riesling. This is produced by PLOB, which is the project of winegrowers Axel Pauly, Thomas Ludwig, Sebastian Oberbillig and Markus Berres – hence the company name.

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The grapes come from the steep, rocky soils of the Mosel Valley. The vines root deeply into the soil. The slate rocks absorb, then radiate back, heat from the sun. The steep slopes guarantee added sunlight hours and the Mosel River helps moderate the chilly weather. The long growing season allows the grapes to develop aromatics and character.

The four producers ferment their grapes separately and then the wines are blended together. Then it is aged “sur lee” on the dead yeast and sediment to gain a creamy texture.

This is a feinherb (slightly sweet) wine, but one that we find to be balanced. In the glass this is a pale yellow with green highlights. There are flavors of apple and peach wound together with mineral notes.

The wine is vibrant and a good pick with seafood or Asian cuisine. Of course, it is great on its own.

Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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