Dr. Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese 2006, Mosel, Germany
Pale caramel and clear, aromas wafted up as soon as I lifted the cork. In the glass, aromas of peach brulee with a soft underpinning of petrol. a small twist of lemon, and a touch of cellared apple. Satiny and medium bodied, the wine has flavors of honey, apples, peach, lemon and love. While the sweetness is up there, the acid in the wine keeps the taste light and refreshing.
From a food paring perspective, Rieslings are a gift. This wine in particular has a satiny, medium plus bodied texture. Its elevated sweetness would pair well with spicy cuisines. In this case, I paired it with tart-sweet, acidic Smarties. I might be late for my Halloween newsflash, but I am starting early with the wine and candy! Note the crafty last minute touch of Witch's Broom Smarties Bouquet, which I hand crafted with bakers twine and a straw.
Mosel Valley where some of my favorite Rieslings originate, has gorgeous scenery, a lambent river flowing through vine laden cliffs,that seem impossibly steep. The slate based soil looks more like alien AstroTurf than something that would foster such delicious flavors. Blue slate and red slate produce different flavor profiles, with blue slate contributing stone fruit, citrus and more delicate flavors. Red slate is colored by volcanic deposits. Expect drama, lychee fruit, honey and magic. High sugar balanced against high acid creates an interplay as tight as a trip wire in a Tom Cruise summer blockbuster. Even if you don't like sweet wine, try it and be dazzled. I stashed away a bottle I sourced from DeeVine Wine Imports. The color after 11 years has deepened to pale caramel, while the flavors have intensified to honey and stone fruit. Auslese wines are hand picked (not surprising in vineyards
|Steep Mosel Hillside Vineyards|
|Ready for their closeup: Mosel Riesling Grapes|
|Phot Credit: Dr,. Loosen: Wehlener Sonnenuhr Vineyard|
Have a wonderful Halloween! And if you have the time to try Riesling from the Mosel, find a way to do it