Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hirsch Gaisberg Riesling 2005

Austria - most North Americans unfortunately don't get a chance to experience the beauty of Austrian white wines. Producing dry versions of Riesling and the indigenous grape Gruner Veltiner, Austria is exciting, surprisingly modern, and relatively good value.

This Hirsch offering from a very good vintage was 13.5% abv and had smoky vanilla oak aromas coupled with clay and white minerals. The palate introduced some very pleasurable notes of honeysuckle along with the typical citrus. Very full and complex, this was also refined and balanced. A very nice Riesling, even if lacking the total complexity I've been longing for from Riesling.

$28 on sale (normally $40) at Marquis
Very Good+

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