Wine is fine: Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

9 Dec

The Germans sure know how to name a winner

Wine: Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2007

Style: German Riesling Kabinett

Vitals: 9,5% abv, Mosel Region

Company Line: “Spannung zwischen Ananas und Stachelbeere – TRANSLATION – Tension between pineapple and gooseberry” I still don’t know what the hell a gooseberry is supposed to taste like.

My take: pale straw yellow in the glass.  Sweet pineapple dominates the nose.  I do get a hint of what I have discovered is called a petrol character – basically a petroleum or kerosene-like note that is common to many rieslings.  It isn’t as off-putting as you might imagine and in a way, works as an extension of the wine’s strong minerality.  Body is semi-sweet and thus rich in the mouth, with a bright acidity that cuts through the heft of residual sugars and greatly enhances overall balance and drinkability.  Kabinett is a designation for lighter rieslings, both in alcohol content and overall complexity.  This makes for an admittedly one-note experience, but one that doesn’t leave me wanting.

One Response to “Wine is fine: Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett”

  1. David January 4, 2010 at 9:21 AM #

    Dude, you have a seriously knack for food photography. These pictures are all gorgeous. You should consider submitting a portfolio to companies for this.

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