2011 Zilliken "Butterfly" Saarburger Riesling (Previously $16)

SKU #1106742

This "feinherb" styled Riesling is an essentially dry-tasting QbA from Zilliken's Saarburg sites. The extremely small yields of the unusual 2010 vintage led Zilliken to bottle only 10% of their usual amounts, but the 2011 is back to business as usual. From Mosel Fine Wines: "This fresh and spicy wine offers great notes of smoke, citrus and some green fruits. There is a slight leanness to the structure but enough fruits come to the rescue and add a juicy and playful feel on the mid-palate." (07/2012)

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2012  | Send Email
I am going to say it. I think Riesling is the perfect food wine. It can pair with so many dishes. I found this one at a tasting recently. Zilliken family have been producing wine in the Saar region for more than 250 years. So beautifully balanced it will pick up any dish that you are cooking. It is that great, racy acidity that you cannot find anywhere other than Germany.

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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