Riesling Report: Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2010

We're celebrating the Summer of Riesling by trying a different bottle every weekday. Got a favorite riesling? Recommend it in the comments!


A needles-and-pins sort of wine, full of buzzy acidity and lots of spicy ginger-chew-candy flavor. This vibrant Mosel wine is intensely fruity and concentrated, like apples two ways (the first tart bite of a Granny Smith, and the clove-and-cinnamon spiked applesauce you eat with pork chops.) It's tasty stuff, packed full of personality. Veins of minerality rise through each glass, and at the finish you're left with wet stones dissolving slowly in your mouth. The acidity is intense and tightly wound—like a pint full of freshly squeezed orange juice, it might leave you with a bit of a sideache.

This wine has a bit of an umami-soy quality; when coupled with the tartness and ginger notes, it seems the perfect accompaniment for soup dumplings and shrimp har gow. (Though it would also be delicious with crisp-fried soft shell crabs.)

About $19, previous vintages less, sample provided for review.

Around the World of Riesling in a Bottle a Day

From Germany:
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Weingut Immich-Batterieberg C.A.I. Riesling 2009 »
S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2006 »
Günther Steinmetz Riesling Trocken 2009 »
Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese, 2009 »
Eugen Müller Forster Mariengarten Riesling Kabinett, 2010 »
Strub Riesling "Im Taubennest" Niersteiner Oelberg, 2010 »
Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese 2008 »
Gunderloch Riesling Kabinett, "Jean Baptiste" 2010 »
Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett 2009 »
Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2010 »
Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken 2009 »
Carl Loewen Klostergarten Riesling Kabinett 2010 »

From Austria:
Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling 'Gobelsburger', 2010 »
Bründlmayer Riesling 'Kamptaler Terrassen', 2009 »
Weingut Jäger Riesling Smaragd Ried Achleiten 2009 »
Domäne Wachau Terrassen Smaragd 2009 »
Nikolaihof Riesling Vom Stein Smaragd, 2008 »

From France:
Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008 »
Domaine Mittnacht Freres Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling 2007 »

From Italy:
St Michael-Eppan Montiggl Riesling 2009, Alto Adige »

From Washington:
Poet's Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley 2009 »
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2009 »

From New York:
Hermann J. Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling 2009 »
Anthony Road Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling 2009 »