2012 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba

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This is the driest version of our Kalinda Riesling yet and by far my personal favorite. This year's bottling is somewhere between a feinherb and a trocken (dry) in style but, leaning quite a bit more towards the trocken side. The aromatics are sharp and start to jump out of the glass with some air and are loaded with minerals, lean stone fruits, summer herbs and hints of apple skin. The palate is showing a really nice defined structure that, again with air, starts to develop in the glass and adds to its length, texture and nervy drive. I have become a massive fan of the dry Rieslings over the last ten years and this one is the perfect introduction into the fantastic world of dry Riesling. Undoubtedly my official summertime slammer! (Eric Story, German Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2014 | Send Email
Petrol and rocks start the wine in motion, with tangerine, lemon, and lime following close behind. While off dry, it hardly seems so; despite a slight bulge in the middle, it quickly comes to a point, finishing with a citric snap that keeps things brisk. Delicious, and a great value, too!

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2013 | Send Email
Everyone in my family likes spicy food, even my almost-two-year-old. And while Mexico City style street food like the Pambazos sold down the street from my house call for a creamy and refreshing glass of horchata, in my opinion both Vietnamese and Thai are always better with a tangy, fresh glass of Riesling. The Kalinda, with its sweet-tangy finger lime flavor, mouthwatering acidity and uber-friendly price tag is perfect for take-out pork bun or pad khi mao.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2013 | Send Email
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Lush aromas of jasmine to white peach underscored by a wet river stone to slate-like minerality define the very serious bouquet of this lovely wine that was created by our German Wine Buyer, Eric Story [his third such creation in three years}, and is not quite a Tröcken nor a Halb-Tröcken, but somewhere in between those styles. Incredible structure and depth of character on the palate, this Gem is off-dry, yet refreshing and bright due to its excellent acid levels and presentation of superb Riesling fruit. According to Rusty, this very serious Gem is one of the best buys in the store and he has informed me that we need at least several cases of this wonderful wine. 11.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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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