Last week's WineChat was Riesling Round 2. Austrian wine (the Salomon Undhof – Steiner Kögl Kremstal dac Reserve Riesling 2011) was featured, alongside a Riesling from Germany (Selbach Fish Label Riesling Mosel 2011) and Alsace (Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2011). The focus was exploring the impact the varying climates had on the wines that year. Alsace has 8,300 acres under Riesling vines, Germany, 55,000 acres, and Austria, 4,600 acres. The summer was rainy and cool, but by August, weather cleared up and an Indian summer allowed for ideal harvest conditions in Alsace. Austria experienced rain in Kremstal end of October, but grapes still healthy - a long, but rewarding harvest, grapes were picked when ready, not for weather.
Wine Tasting Notes:
Disclaimer: These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.Selbach Riesling Mosel 2011: floral, apricot, and lemon nose; grass and lemon, flavors; acidic and tart finish. Traditional 1,000 liter oak barrels called "Fuder" still being used. SRP $14.99.
Salomon Undhof – Steiner Kögl Kremstal dac Reserve Riesling 2011: dusky flowers and citrus nose; muskmelon, honeyed stone fruit; mellow finish. Vines for this wine are 50 or more years old. 8th generation now entering family business. SRP $30
Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2011: citrus blossom and raisin aromas; strong citrus flavor, with mild melon and floral notes. Organic, 25 year old vines, wines rest on their lees for up to 6 months. SRP $16
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