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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

WBW 45: Old World Rieslings

posted by snekse

2002 Sybille Kuntz Riesling Trocken

Time again for Wine Blogging Wednesday!

I've been waiting a long time to do another one of these, but the topics haven't peaked my interest enough until now. This month we get to review some of the best wines in the world. Riesling. And not just any Riesling - Old World Rieslings. Wines from Germany, Austria and the Alsace region of France. There's amazing selection available from this group containing a broad range of styles (from pucker dry to cloyingly sweet) at price points to suit any need. It should provide for some interesting reviews.

Rather than buy something new, I decided to raid my wife's stash of Rieslings that she started stockpiling before Foodie 2.0 came along. Taking the one I thought was most ready to drink, I grabbed a 2002 from the Mosel Saar Ruwer region in Germany.

Now on with the wine!

2002 Sybille Kuntz Riesling Trocken
750ml ~ $16 (Vino 100)

Vintage: 2002
Type: White
Producer: Sybille Kuntz
Varietal: Riesling
Designation: Trocken
Vineyard: n/a
Country: Germany
Region: Mosel Saar Ruwer
SubRegion: n/a
Appellation: n/a


Tasting Notes
A nice medium gold in color. An interesting nose that's difficult to describe. It's pleasant, but I can't pin down what it smells like. A bit effervescent with plenty of acid. A medium, but bright body.This is dry but balanced. Initial subdued tart apple, grapefruit and pear, with a flinty/mineral mid palate and a dry finish that balances those tastes with a slight leaning towards the mineral side. Drank both alone and with Thai food.

Rating: 85+

RELATED LINKS:
Review of the 2004 done for this WBW!
WBW 19: When in Rhone
WBW 20: Anything But Chardonnay...
WBW 27: Icy Desserts (Ice Wine)
WBW 28: Festive Sparkling Wines
WBW 30: New World Syrah
WBW 31: Box Wines
WBW 34: Washington Cabernets

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