It was a great summer for agriculture in this area with almost ideal growing conditions and plenty of moisture. The local market is full of fully ripe tree fruit. The pears looked very good the other day and the result was a pear tart made with frozen puff pastry with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, salt and sugar mixed in with the pear slices.
The wine was a 2005 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #9 in a 375 ml bottle. I love it when the first sip of wine makes one pause, look at the glass and think what a wonderful thing someone has made. The golden color looked like fall in the glass, and aromas of apples, pears, pineapple and spices were not at all shy about expressing themselves. It was wonderfully sweet but with so much acid that it was refreshing. It tasted mostly of fully ripe apples and pears, and that taste lingered and lingered.
It was wonderful with the tart, but it would have been just as great by itself.
2005 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #9. 7.5% alcohol and $55 a few years ago.