Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn Riesling

Another of the bottles that was discovered during the recent inventory of the wine cellar was a second bottle of the 2007 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett.  It certainly was a happy discovery.

The wine was golden in the glass and there was some kerosene on the nose, but that faded quickly.  The nose held a hint of pineapple, apricot and lemon zest.  There was a luscious mouth feel to this wine, almost luxurious.  The taste was near tropical with the pineapple and perhaps a hint of papaya overlaying a base of tart citrus and green apple.  This wine was definitely on the sweet side for a Kabinett, but the acidity brought the sugar back down to earth.  Wonderful balance to the wine.  At the very end the tart, green apple component kicked in to kill the sweetness.  Outside the weather was totally clear, briskly cool and the sun was casting long shadows for the promised autumn  evening.  That's about the perfect description for this wine.

There was a pan braised pork chop with fresh apple cider serving as  the braising liquid and some boiled fingerling potatoes with lemon zest, parsley and butter.  Good pairing with the wine.

The "Sonnenuhr" in the name of the wine means "sundial."  Pictured below courtesy of Wikipedia is the sundial in the vineyard in  Zeltinger.    $20 and 7.5% alcohol. 

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