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Riesling Report: Domaine Mittnacht Freres Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling 2007

July is riesling month! We're drinking it all month long...and maybe longer. Got a favorite riesling? Recommend it in the comments!

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If you're accustomed to light, gauzy rieslings, this Alsatian wine might overwhelm at first. It's a powerful, supple wine, with some of the creaminess of, say, a Chardonnay, but the tartness of riesling that makes it food-friendly, and a bit of alcoholic heat at 13.5% ABV.

In the glass, it has vivid peachy-floral scent, but it's quite tight upon opening, giving up mostly the flavor of bay leaves and green olive oil. But after a decant, the fruit comes out, crisp Asian pear and white peach, chamomile and more bay, hints of ginger and a bit of salinity. The acidity is fresh and bright but well integrated—more like the tartness of apples than lemon splashed into your glass.

Creamy cheeses bring out the mineral side of this wine, but we'd also serve it with paté, game birds, or mild sausages.

Around $43, sample provided for review.

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