Sunday, February 10, 2019

Selbach Spatlese Riesling Piesporter Michelsberg, 2016

Happy Hour at Vino di Sedona in Sedona, AZ offers a flight of three wines, 3 ounces each, for $13. Considering the wines available, this is not Happy Hour but Heavenly Hour. I chose this Selbach Spatlese plus a Viberti Barbera d'Alba and a Ferrari Carano Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Heaven indeed.

Spatlese wines are sweeter than Kabinetts because the grapes are left on the vines until they are fully ripe--sometimes only 7 to 10 days longer but the difference in the glass is significant. They are not dessert wines but rather ripe and complete. Brilliant color, classic Riesling scents with just a touch of petrol. Clean, bright, elegant. Long finish.

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