2006 Pölka Dot Riesling Spatlese
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Tuesday, Wine No. 1
Provided by Jason
What a pleasant wine! It is a Spatlese Reisling (medium-sweetness, see below) that is full of fruity aromas and flavors with some very nice vegetal and mineral hints. In the nose there is rich apple and ripe pear with subtle lime and citrus skin. The wine coats the mouth with lush fruit but is balanced by substantial acidity. Pears, green apples, and a taste of honey, but it remains light with distinct citrus flavors, quartz minerals, and some grassiness. The finish is crisp and short.
This fruity mouthful falls in the middle of the three categories of sweetness used to define German Rieslings: Auslese (sweetest – literally, “selected harvest”), spatlese (medium sweetness – literally, “late harvest”), and Kabinett (semi-sweet – literally, “cabinet” referring to a finer wine set aside in a cabinet for later sale, like a “reserve” wine).
Rieslings are one of the most terroir-expressive wines. In other words, the aromas and flavors of the wine are clearly influenced by the place from which it comes. This particular Riesling is no exception with some very unique minerality and spiciness that connects it to the land and conditions out of which it was harvested.
$9.99 widely available