2008 Mönchhof Estate Riesling (Previously $14)

SKU #1051590

Without question one of my favorite Qbas for the past, well I don't know EIGHT YEARS! Showing the typical bright, vibrant aromatics the Monchhof Estate is so good at. A good portion of the fruit comes from the famous Urziger Wurzgarten - a beautifully steep vineyard packed full of red slate which lends its hand into giving this wine a refreshing punch of spicy fruits and clean, mouthwatering finish. (Eric Story, Buyer)

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 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 11/25/2009 
A sweet refreshing nose of peaches and a pinch of the mineral & slate we expect from Mosel. The slate remains on the palate but oh-so-subtle. A mouthful of fruit cocktail is what dominates here, and despite the residual sugar, the acidity makes it all work. Like most wines made from the Riesling grape, its a food friendly wine, perfect for the holidays. Check out our video tasting notes at www.wineexpedition.com where we taste the '07 vintage.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
Country:

Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer