2011 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba

SKU #1106818

Lots of stone fruit laced with cool spring herbs, flowers and wet stones hit you first on the nose. The rich Rheingau texture mingles with soft minerality and then zips along the palate and leaves just a subtle hint of juicy sweetness. The pretty texture is backed up by just enough weight and power and its delicate finish keeps you coming back for more. Great with salads, sandwiches, cured meats, grilled meats, Asian-inspired dishes, cheeses...pretty much anything, really. One of our best values in the store, without question. (Eric Story, German wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2013 | Send Email
Delightful Riesling full of lime, honeysuckle and a great tangy spritz sensation on the palate that makes it incredibly refreshing and just about perfect for an aperitif, or with spicy foods. A must try!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2012 | Send Email
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Our German wine buyer, Eric Story, continues to amaze me with the German wines that he has put together for our private label. The semi-halbtrocken that he created last year with one of our favorite German producers rocketed out of here within weeks of its arrival. This QBA, which I feel is a bit drier, has a gorgeous, perfumed fruit aroma of white peach and wet river stone that carries over to its refreshing, bright, near-dry mouthfeel. Eric feels that this Gem would be a great wine with salads, sandwiches, cured or grilled meats, but according to the Bean, who is of a much higher authority, this is just a wonderful wine to consume with anything, and it will be one of our house white Gems for the month and thereafter. 11.5% ABV.
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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.


Alcohol Content (%): 11.5