Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wine Blogging Wedndesday: Old World Riesling

With work beginning to gear up for the summer, it's nice to take a bit of a mental break with some old world grace. The wine I chose for this month's WBW was a Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2006, which comes from the Mosel region of Germany. Dr. Loosen is, of course, a high profile and well respected German Riesling producer, but I had not previously had a chance to try their old world wines.

The nose reminded me more of a dry riesling with citrusy lime and stark minerals. The palate, however, expanded to include peach and apricot that accomplished a nice balance with the citrus. While having a very full and supple texture, this was also light in the mouth and delicate. The sweetness level was well balanced and a nice full sip develops buoyantly into a silky finish. My only 'reservation' is the lack of complexity in the flavours. I would like a more developed and lengthy flavour profile - but the texture is in itself exceptional.

Very Good+
$38 at BCLDB


winecast said...

Dr. Loosen rarely disappoints from my experience. Thanks for sharing your review this month.

Tim Elliott

J. Song said...

The only riesling from Dr. Loosen I've ever had was their entry-level wine in the screwtop which, despite its appearance, is a very good, very solid wine--especially for the price ($12-$15). I would love to try more rieslings from this producer.

I'd also have to recommend the riesling I had in my latest tasting, the 2005 Ch. W. Bernhard Hackenheimer Kirchberg Scheurebe Spätlese (whew!). It has well-balanced sweetness with a gossamer mouthfeel. It is like autumn in a glass.

Joon S.

Dale Cruse said...

I don't think I've ever met a Dr. Loosen that I haven't enjoyed!