Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Riesling

Beautiful weather has moved into this area with unseasonably low temperatures and humidity.  It's weather that makes one hungry for something from the grill - like an oak roasted chicken with grilled peaches.  The chicken had a light smoky flavor from the wood but was also stuffed with fresh sage, tarragon, and thyme so it had some herbaceousness to it as well.  The peaches were rubbed with olive oil and started cut side down, then flipped over basted with some of the chicken drippings. 

The wine was a 2007 Alfred Merkelbach Urzinger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett.  The bottle got a chill in the freezer for twenty minutes and then was decanted for half an hour while the chicken rested.  Flowery nose with crisp apples, tart limes and earthy slate aromas pouring from the glass.  Wonderful full flavors of lime and apples with hints of other stone fruits.  Good with the chicken but absolutely wonderful with the grilled, fresh peaches.  The finish started sweet and then the acid kicked in to counteract it.  Wonderful balance and beautiful pairing.

2007 Alfred Merkelbach Urzinger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett.  9% alcohol and $18.

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