We're celebrating the Summer of Riesling by trying a different bottle every weekday. Got a favorite riesling? Recommend it in the comments!
I'm not one to go for cute labels, but if you are, you may want to collect all three of these slightly macabre kitties (more images will be added each year.) The wine's the same in each bottle, though, and it's a solid QbA offering from the Middle Mosel in Germany, a slightly creamy, delicately mineral wine with a sweet-sour candy tang (like Runts or Sour Nerds.)
Fragrant apricot fruit is nearly balanced with a tart green-grape sourness; at 9% alcohol you'd expect this to taste sweeter but the acid does a lot to cut it. There's a slight unripe green banana or plantain note to this wine that's a little unusual and doesn't quite integrate into the rest of each sip. Still, for under $10, it's a solid party wine (perfect with chips, salsa, and guacamole.)
Around $9, sample provided for review.
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