As the holiday season approaches we reflect on many issues, including our prejudices. I readily admit to be a true partisan of German Rieslings, in particular the sweet ones. But I don’t care for all of them. Today’s offering comes from the largest private wine estate in the Rhinegau region of central western Germany, real Riesling country. The Schloss Reinhartshausen Winery encompasses over 200 acres (80 hectares) of vineyards, the largest private wine estate in the region. There’s a Twelfth Century castle of the same name. In addition to their wine tastings and wine tours, including a night time Torch Walk, you should visit the Marianneaue Island in the Rhine River and perhaps their Five Star Hotel. The companion wine is a more plebian Mosel Riesling at little over half the price.
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Schloss Reinhartshausen Hattenheimer Wisselbrunner Riesling Kabinett 2009 10.5 % alcohol about $18.
Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Tasting Note : A hedonistic sweet-edged riesling from a renowned producer who once tried to grow chardonnay in Germany. Tangerine, apple, jasmine, lime candy drops and a lemon tart delivery. Mouth-wateringly good. Score – 91. (Gordon Stimmell, The Toronto Star, Aug. 22, 2011)” And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine was deliciously honeyed with good acidity. The first meal centered on home made chicken breast nuggets dusted with garlic powder and black pepper. In response the Riesling was quite long and I noted tangerines. The side Matbucha salad consisting of tomatoes, tomato puree, sweet pimentos, hot peppers, garlic rendered the libation quite long and somewhat syrupy. Dousing the meat with Jalapeno pepper mix sharpened our German friend’s acidity while retaining its balance with the sweetness. It deepened and was so long. Fresh raspberries imparted tangy acidity to my glass along with lots of tangerines.
My next meal began with Japanese rice crackers featuring Wasabi and Edame. In response the libation was long and offered a great combination of acidity, sweetness, and tangerines. Then came a packaged Baked Ziti Siciliano that I liberally doused with grated Parmesan cheese. Once again the liquid was really long and a pleasant combination of you know what. Fresh permissions fortified the wine’s acidity that was by no means overdone. When paired with a granola bar brimming with dried fruit and seeds, honey predominated Whitey’s delicious mix of acidity and sweetness.
The final meal consisted of an omelet perked up with black pepper, cayenne pepper, sliced garlic, and cumin. In response the wine replied with honey and lemon, tangerines, and flowers. The side dish of zesty guacamole made it sweeter but this nectar was still delicious. Ben and Jerry’s If I Had A 1,000, 000 Flavors Ice Cream virtually muted the wine. Even though a bit of pleasant acidity stayed around there are better ways to consume this wine. Like every other one of the above pairings.
Final verdict. I would definitely buy this wine again. And try it with a wide variety of foods with the exception of Ice Cream and the like.Access the companion wine A Cooperative German Riesling (Under $10)
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
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