2009 Kalinda Rheingau Riesling Qba

SKU #1051908

So so so happy that this wine has finally arrived, it has been a work in progress for nearly a year and a half. We now have our everyday house Riesling that fits into that sweet spot price point and is a perfect medium stylistically. The winemaker and yours truly spent a lot of time tasting different combinations to come up with the style that I was looking for. I had have been searching for a wine that was just a touch dryer than a halbtrocken but still carried weight, texture and a juicy core of fruit. Well, after a lot of close, but not it tasting sessions, we finally got it! The presence of rich Rheingau texture is mingled in with soft minerality and then zips along your palate and leaves just a subtle hint of juicy sweetness. (Eric Story, K&L Wine Merchants German Wine Buyer and German Riesling Winemaker Wannabe)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/28/2010  | Send Email
The 09 Kalinda Riesling Qba is a repeat purchase of mine, and I intend to keep purchasing this refreshing and versatile just-off-dry Riesling until it is gone. With moderate alcohol, bright lime and floral aromatics and flavors, and unctuous acidity to balance the subtle residual sugar, this wine tastes great with just about anything. It is especially handy for take-out or leftover nights, or when you are feeling like a little wine with lunch, or breakfast... At $10.99 per bottle, this should be treated as a kitchen staple.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2010  | Send Email
This Kalinda Riesling is always at least two bottles strong in my fridge due to its great food pairing versatility and its overall quality. Just a touch of off-dryness adds richness, but with bright acidity to carry it, notes of citrus and peach spring to life out of the glass. Fantastic for Asian inspired dishes or whenever the mood strikes.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2010  | Send Email
This is a perfect go-to for the Holidays and will pair well with hearty food and lighter appitizers. Slightly sweet, super fresh and amazingly versitile, this is almost too easy to crack open (screw top) and too easy to drink. Keep this in the refrig. for impromptu gatherings and plan to have a couple with Christmas dinner. I promise you will love it.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2010  | Send Email
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Eric Story, our German Wine Buyer, has spent several vintages working the harvests at various German estates and last year put together this astoundingly wonderful QBA, with juice coming from Rheingau. He, however, has adamantly maintained that the juice for this blend comes from a famous German producer, who doesn’t want his name revealed. The bottling took place in Geisenheim. In any case, Eric’s goal was to create a riesling that was not completely dry, somewhere between a Halb-Trocken and a Trocken, and he has successfully created an impressive Gem. Honeysuckle, cream, and white peach leap from the glass to engulf the nose, which leads to an incredibly rich mouthfeel with superb acid structure and flashiness. This is an amazing riesling that shouldn’t be missed and has been anointed as our house white, forever, by The Bean. 11% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

 By: Elvis Gottleib |  Review Date: 12/16/2010 
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top value in a Riesling, like it a lot.

Additional Information:

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:

Rheingau