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WOLFE’S WINE SHOPPE TAKE ON RIESLING WEEK

RIESLING WEEK AT WOLFE’S WINE SHOPPE

The magical grape gives us more than any other white grape.  Believed to be indigenous to Germany, Riesling was first planted in the 14th Century. It is without a doubt Germany’s single most important contribution to the world of wine.  The grapes are planted wildly on well drained, south facing, slate rich slopes. Wines from Germany are delicate, racy and stylish, covering a wide spectrum of flavors because of both its cellar longevity and its ability to maintain its varietal identity all the while reflecting the individuality of its terrior, Riesling might be the best of all the white varietals.  Although it is low in alcohol and light in body, the finest examples have great aging potential and develop a vivid and zesty bouquet that is often compared to the scent of petrol.  It can produce wine from very sweet to very dry, known for its combination of acidity and fruit extract they are truly uncanny wines that surprise me every time we drink them.  

Here is a list of  some of what is in the shoppe with regular pricing/6btl deal and case deals just for the week, Happy Riesling hunting!

Dr. Loosen, Mosel 2008                                                                         

Dr. L comes exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil. This introductory, non-estate wine embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. By working closely with growers on long-term contract, brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen are able to assure excellent quality in every vintage 14.00                      12.50                      11.00

Zilliken Butterfly, Mosel  2007                                                          

In Saarburg, a picturesque medieval town in Germany, the Zilliken family has been making Riesling wines for 260 years. Glowing and fresh as the sky on a late spring evening, this wine makes a great aperitif. A lovely nose of peach and apricot introduces flavors of citrus, herb and vanilla. Light but creamy, its apple-spiked finish lingers in your mouth and tickles the tongue with the lightness of a butterfly’s wing.21.00                      14.00                      12.00

 

 

Mercer, Yakima Valley 2007                                        

Riesling grapes grown in Washington State’s cooler Yakima Valley appellation produce a brisk, tangy and refreshing wine. Flavors and aromas of apricot, peach and tangerine along with the bracing acidity of the Mercer Estates Riesling reflect the unique character of Washington State Riesling. With little less than a percent and a half of residual sugar this Riesling is a bit dryer than many Rieslings and lends itself quite well to food pairings.                     16.50             13.00            11.00

Monsters Monsters Attack, Clare Valley 2009                        

This has a bright, lifted nose, really fragrant, with lemon/lime sherbet fruit aromas, some freshly sliced cucumber and a gently waxy, grassy side too. The palate trades on gentle sweetness and a neat, approachable balance with sweet apple flavour and a gently powdery texture, this is atypical of the Clare!              26.00                      22.00                      20.00

 

 

JJ Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten, Spatlese, Mosel 2007                    

Lime and kiwi in the nose of Christoffel’s Urziger Spätlese lead to a correspondingly juicy freshness of slightly tart fruit on the plate, shot-through with brown spices and fascinating savory, saline, browned-butter notes. Oily in texture, and with subtle suggestions of honey, this finishes with imposing richness, together with a sense of buoyancy…”      35.00                      31.00                      28.00

Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Spatlese, Nahe 2007                           

Dönnhoff at his most frivolous and loveable, as most of you know. This one is cool and racy and very slatey; apples and tarragon, lilacs and hyacinth; it’s the Maldon-salt of Kirschheck, or the Dawn Upshaw of the Grand Crus, a trilling songbird, pure delight. Yet! Also mineral and lonnnnng. Concentrated and built around a core of acidity, this vanilla-tinged Riesling is refined and integrated, yet seems to be withholding all its charms. The potential is in the long finish of grapefruit, peach and mineral 46.00                      41.00                      37.50

Donnhoff Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Spatlese, Nahe 2007                     

Red beets and quetsch, a hint of phenolic nubbiness; chewier and more corporeal. Those for whom Dönnhoff’s other wines are subtle-to-a-fault will warm right up to this one Quince and pear flavors predominate, with a hint of cinnamon. Bright acidity melds with the juicy texture as this coasts to the tasty finish.  48.50                      43.75                      39.00

Donnhoff Estate, Nahe 2008                                                                          

Fresh raspberry and blueberry; clover and honeysuckle scent, then mingle with lime and orange cream on a delicate, refreshing palate, transparent to crushed stone, salt, and iodine, and leading to a sappy, dynamic finish.24.50                      22.00                      20.00

Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten, Spatlese Mosel  2008                        

Displays both the strawberry fruit and saline savor I most associate with its site, with a subtle hint of creaminess offering lovely counterpoint to the wine’s juicy refreshment and with succulent suggestions of Persian melon and alluring, wafting honeysuckle and freesia florality throughout.         22.00                      20.00                      18.00

Darting Ungsteiner Herrenberg, Pfaltz 2008                                            

This year it is serene, gliding, pulsing with vitality but wonderfully calm in its own skin, aglow with fruit and flower, talc and malt all rolling down to a surprisingly firm, almost
chewy finish  24.50                      22.00                      20.00

Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten, Spatlese Mosel 2007                           

Pale to medium color, with rich, ripe apple and apricot flavors and aromas shaded with subtle minerality. Medium bodied, with excellent intensity and cut; if I’d like more mineral here, the deliciously ripe fruit still carries the day. Sweet, but not at all cloying; another fine Mosel Slate.                         34.00                      24.00                      19.00

Chehalem Reserve Dry, Willamette Valley 2007                                                          Our dry riesling is produced in very limited quantities from selected lots from our Corral Creek and Stoller Vineyards. Our intent is to reflect ripe fruit that is highly focused with pinpoint acidity. This is a serious Riesling, not a quaffer, a big wine with brilliant, rich fruit, bright acid and a weighty palate. The acidity provides ageability and great structure, making it perfect with food and cleansing on the palate. It continues the viscous, intense, Alsatian-styled wines that our Pinot Gris Reserve starts; it is harvested late (almost always in November) with full ripeness and a touch of botrytis, giving the most intense dry Riesling we can make.”  Riesling vintages can hardly be better than this one, so expect a lot from this wine. It’s all about brightness and spice, with great acid and minerality, accented by baking spices of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and fleshed out by white fruit flavors of pear and apple. Light yellow to gold in color, the wine is about tightly wound richness, with a broad palate and great weight, and, above all, rests on an impeccable, stimulating foundation of great acid. Perfect balance. Nigh onto perfect representation of the best white wine                                                          21.50                      19.50                      16.00

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Turckheim 2007                                             

Pale yellow-gold. Austere but rich nose hints at dried fruits. Then dense and fat in the mouth, with hints of peach and honey. A very concentrated wine whose alcohol gives it an impression of slight sweetness. Finishes with somewhat exotic notes of orange, honey and dried fruits.          25.00                      22.50                      16.00

Julien Meyer Grittermatte, Nothalten 2007                                               

Cool, fresh aromas of lime ice, mint and spring flowers. Juicy, bright and sharply delineated; a smaller-scaled but intensely flavored, rather stylish riesling. Agreeable and persistent                                                      29.00                       26.00                      22.00

 

Domaine Zind Humbrecht  Rangen de Thann 2005                

Pale yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe apricot, smoked meat and minerals. Silky in texture and superrich but downright steely today. Very dry and unforgiving wine, and yet this seems purer and finer than the 2004. I wouldn’t think about pulling a cork for at least three or four years, if not considerably longer than that. Humbrecht noted that both the ’04 and ’05 Rangens are much drier than the rieslings he produced from this grand cru vineyard in many earlier vintages. 90.00                      73.00                      64.00

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Heimbourg 2005                                            

Bright yellow. Ripe aromas of ginger and smoke; a bit exotic. Fat and fairly sweet (actually 11 g/l r.s.), in a distinctly softer style. With its notes of lichee, smoked meat, quince and nutmeg, I might have picked this as gewurztraminer. This fermented until June of 2006   49.00                      42.00                      33.00

 

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann 2007                                 

Harvested October 3, its alcoholic fermentation very late but complete (at 13.1% alcohol, just 2 grams of residual sugar were left!), Humbrecht’s 2007 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain is marked by extreme smokiness often associated with this site, along with struck flint notes of a reductive sort that it exhibited also in cask. Grapefruit rind pungency and pineapple prickle inform a lean, bright, faintly oily palate and the wine lunges for your palate in the finish, gripping tightly with salt, iodine, peat, Szechuan pepper, and citrus oils. This, Humbrecht agrees, might be thought of as a marriage of the 2001 and 1996 renditions, except that it’s cleaner then either. You can expect it to need 6-8 years to reveal its true potential and to be a 15 or more year keeper.                                                                                                  111.00                   90.00                      82.00


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