Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oestricher Lenchen Kabinett

Cellar inventory can be good or it can be bad.  This time it was good in the sense that I discovered an unaccounted for bottle.  My records showed that I had two bottles of the 2005 Weingut Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Kabinett Riesling from the Rheingau.  The reality was that I had three bottles.  I had two choices.  I could correct the inventory or I could drink the bottle of wine.  I opted for drinking.

Good color to the wine, just past pale green gold.  The nose of wet slate, lime zest and honey highlights was strong as well.  If nothing else I could have sat and sniffed this wine all evening.  The taste was first about the super sharp acid, then going into lemon, lime, and  white peach flavors, and ending with drying minerality.  One could almost picture gray slate with some electricity dancing above it. 

There was some monkfish in a coconut milk and Thai curry paste sauce for dinner and the residual sweetness in the wine seemed to be best friends with the heat from the curry paste.  Delicious together.  Very good wine.

$22 and 8.5% alcohol.

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