As part of the celebration, we’ll be keeping a Riesling log about the Riesling we are drinking all summer long! Check back for tasting notes and suggested food pairings! Please share what you’re drinking in the comments section!
June 20th: Markus Huber Engelreich DAC 2010 ($23.99)
White peach and other stone fruits with a pleasant, but tight floral character. High acid with a structured, powerful palate full of fruit. Pair this with heartier, grilled fish such as salmon prepared simple with lemon and olive oil with a touch of pepper or spice things up with Thai cuisine.
June 21: Fred Loimer Kamptal Riesling 2011 ($25)
Fantastic structure with bright acidity and flavor that coats the palate and makes a particular impression on the mid palate. Stone fruits such as peaches and pair meld with citrus and apple with refreshing delicacy to balance out the power of the flavors. Pair classic Austrian cuisine, or enjoy on its own.
June 22: Brandl Kogelberg Riesling Reserve DAC 2011
This awesome Riesling was newly awarded the title of “Best European Riesling” by Best of Riesling International Wine Competition. It’s noted as, “an immensely powerful Riesling. Classic peach-pit and apricot notes in the nose. On the palette, it has rich stone minerality, and elegant honeydew.”
June 27: Fritsch Wagram Riesling 2011
The Fritsch is one of our #WineChat wines and we couldn’t be happier! It’s bursting with fruit and freshness with refreshing acidity and an underlying minerality. Perfectly paired with monchego cheeses and good company!
July 4: Hirsch Zöbing Riesling 2004
In celebration of America’s birthday we went all out – actually we happened to stumble upon this gem as a local store in Greenwich, CT of all places – a goldmine for back vintages of Austrian wine! The 2004 is under screwcap and is still drinking beautifully with bright, fresh acidity, bursting with stone fruits and citrus and just a hint of petrol that adds to the wine’s mineral complexity. Though it’s showing some age, it’s evident this wine could go for at least a few more years – and we’ll gladly go there with it!
July 10: Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling ‘Gobelsburger’ 2011
This Riesling is distinctly “Austrian,” so much so that we were able to pick it out of the line-up in a blind tasting of eight international Rieslings with no issue. It’s steely minerality give it away with understated stone fruits, white flowers, and slight hints of pineapple bursting with a freshness that is distinctly Kamptal.
July 20th: Sift Goettweig Göettweiger Berg Kremstal DAC Riesling 2011
July 23rd: Nigl Privat Senftenberg Reserve Riesling 2002
July 26: Soloman Undhof Erste Lage Pfaffenberg Riesling 2011