Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Littermate

The first wine at the Robert Burns Night dinner last Saturday was the 2010 Willi Schaefer Graacher Dromprobst Riesling Kabinett.  Several weeks ago I opened it's litter mate from Schaefer, the 2010 Graacher Himmelrecih Kabinett which you can read about here.

The Dromprobst was a very similar wine so most of the descriptors would be the same.  However, whether because of the wine itself or the situation involved, this wine seemed a bit more serious and deep.  The sense of sweetness seemed a little greater on the front end of the taste, but it still finished with the blast of acid at the end to refresh the palate.  The flavors were stronger and more pronounced in this bottle.  There seemed to be more apple flavor than it's counterpart and there seemed to be a bit more of the slate sensation in the finish. 

Regardless, this was an outstanding wine and very much the equal of the Himmelreich.  There will be two more chances to compare these wines down the road as there are two more of each in the cellar.  Perhaps the next time will be side by side. 

2010 Willi Schaefer Graacher Dromprobst Riesling Kabinett.  7.5% alcohol and $27.

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