July is riesling month! We're drinking it all month long...and maybe longer. Got a favorite riesling? Recommend it in the comments!
We've tasted Austrian wines that were cool as mountain pools—sleek and precise, sometimes sparse. This isn't one of those. It's elegant but welcoming, calling you quite literally to table. This is a wine for a roast chicken dinner, everyone gathered together—it's worthy of careful attention, but you might find yourself slurping it up out of sheer deliciousness.
The scent bursts forward—a huge bunch of dewy wildflowers, jasmine—and the wine is rich, full of green tea with honey, bay leaf, lanolin, tendrils of pine or fern, fragrant fruit (lychee?) dribbling down your chin. Where sometimes acidity is a squeeze of lemon or lime, here it seems like just light—an open window with the curtains drawn back.
The wine is dry, designated Trocken, but not skeletal or austere, and with food, that ripeness makes all the difference, keying up with nutty smoked gouda in a creamy mac-and-cheese, latching seamlessly into a plate of sauteed fennel and mushrooms with thyme. We'll be putting this wine on our grocery list again.
Around $18, sample provided for review.
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