2007 von Hövel Estate "Balduin" Riesling
90 points and an Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "A terrific value, Von Hövel's basic Riesling offers consumers a chance to taste the mineral nature of the Saar's terroir. Notes of slate are almost smoky in their intensity, while the fruit is vibrant and laser-etched in its precision. The apple and lime flavors are delivered aboard a creamy-textured palate, balanced by crisp acids on the off-dry finish." (10/09) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The von Hovel 2007 Riesling Balduin von Hovel is full of fresh apple and cherry with hints of lime and wet stone. Only 8% alcohol, thus we may rest assured balancing far more residual sugar than appears in the form of sweetness, this simple, generous Saar Riesling finishes with an especially refreshing burst of citrus. I would plan to drink it within 12-18 months for its fruity charm." (08/08) According to the Wine Spectator: "A delicate, racy style, offering light lemon, apple and peach notes, with a white pepper accent. Borders on tart, with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2010 through 2018." (11/08) This wine has reached a natural must weight of 87 Öchsle, not chaptalized. The nose is filled with green apple and pear notes. Even with 41 gm/l residual sugar, the wine zips up and finishes almost dry with its firm acidity. It is juicy and bright, with a classic steely Saar acidity that gives the wine a lively, vibrant character.