Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Older Wine on a Young, A Spring Day

I'm in to the last round of cellar cleaning and yesterday was a neglected Riesling, a 2004 Willi Schaefer, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.  This is the entry level wine for Willi Schaefer.

The color had just a bit of gold hue to it, but not nearly as much as one would expect for an 11 year old wine not intended to age.  It smelled of fresh apples and cardamon, almost like an apple pie.  Still sharp and tart tasting, the flavors were a sweet apple loaded with crispness and a bit of citrus.  The finish was long and not as sweet as one would expect thanks to a great bit of acid at the finish.

Yes, it had been a very well stored wine but this was still a joy and a treat for a wine that should have been heading downhill.  It was not.  And on a warm, sunny late winter day it was perfect with a light chill on the patio that had been neglected since last autumn. 

2004 Willi Schaefer Riesling. Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.  9% alcohol by volume and a beautiful $12 when purchased eight or more years ago. 

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