Friday, May 29, 2009

Mittnacht-Klack Clos St. Ulrich Alsace Riesling, 1997

Now this is my idea of what a white wine should be. I paired it with a spicy Mexican-style pulled pork from a Rick Bayless cook book, and it didn't flinch. But it was also beautiful to drink on its own before the meal. It has subtlty as well as power.

The color is medium deep--just right for its age. My wife spots the tell-tale petroleum (she always does), but it's not nearly as prominent as it is in many German Rieslings. For me, the bouquet offers up flowers, honey, botrytis and ripe peaches. In the mouth, it's waxy and big-boned with a full range of spicy concentrated flavors. This is Alsace Riesling, and I love it.

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