...and oh, what a riesling.
Mrs. Corkdork (oh, forgive me for that moniker) is feeling under the weather, and I've cooked up a huge pot of Chicken Soup with fresh dill clipped from the garden. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to open a good Riesling, the one wine that she hasn't really taken a shine to. I however, am addicted to the wonder of it. So, this seems a good time to crack open a nice one for myself! I usually taste at least a hundred or so Rieslings at big tastings around the City, and I am in constant wonder how one grape can have so many personailites and manifestations. It can be bone dry or teeth-achingly sweet, clean or sauvage, floral or flinty.
One of my favorite producers is Willie Schaefer and while this is one of his more humble offerings, the 2009 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett from the Mosel district is perfection. It has perfectly balanced acidity, has a big hit of mineral salinity and a completely pleasurable touch of sweetness. Seek this out - and look for the 2009, especially. Highly recommended.
Terry Theise's (the importer and author of my favorite wine book) notes for this wine are:
Oh, class here! Boy oh boy oh boy – what a Domprobst. And Kabinett?? Fuhgeddaboutit.Massively salty, lavishly juicy and yet with tautly stretched fruit; as energetic and laughingas I ever recall.