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RIESLING

July 10, 2000 • "Schloss" Johansen

Our latest go-round with Rieslings delivered a wide range of styles from five countries and scattered the preferences. One ten-year-old, one five-year-old, and one brand new wine insured lots of variety, in addition to the range of styles and appellations. Marlene provided an assortment of cheeses and ripe fruits and Roy added smoked trout and a tart apple-horseradish salad that made delicious accompaniments and allowed the Rieslings to show their fragrance and delicacy as well as their versatility. Still, the off-dry styles carried the day. Flaws tended to be naked and accentuated in the dry wines and three wines could gain neither our favor nor our recommendation.

Brand
Varietal or "Name"
Vintage Appellation "Vineyard" -$Price
Consensus Tasting Notes
Rank
Recommendation
(VALUE)

Gainey
1999 Riesling
Central Coast -$9.

Pale yellow green. Attractive, complex, sweet, floral, honeysuckle, woodruff, and tropical aromas with suggestions of peach, apricot, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit; pleasant, sweet-tart, off-dry flavors; excellent balance; long, faintly bitter finish.

#1
Highly
Recommended

Greenwood Ridge
1999 Riesling
Mendocino -$11.

Pale yellow green. Attractive, clean, light floral and fruit aromas suggest honey, honeysuckle, peaches, pears, apricots, lemons; clean, melony, green appley, off-dry flavors; crisp, tart, racy balance; smooth, long finish.

#2
Highly
Recommended

Rosemount
2000 Traminer-Riesling
Australia -$6.

Pale yellow green. Big, sweet, simple aroma with strong cotton candy and bubble gum elements that suggest newly bottled wine; bubble gum, mandarin orange, candied flavors; slight spritz; sweet (some thought too sweet), but with acid to balance; needs a a few weeks to settle down.

#3
Recommended
BEST BUY

Ventana
1998 Riesling
Monterey Estate -$8.

Pale yellow green. Complex, sweet-sour, floral, orange peel, slightly acetic, terpene, chemical, and musty aroma; sweet, appley entry and ripe, grassy, off-dry flavors; good balance with a tart middle; slight petillance; flat, somewhat rich (sticky) finish.

#4
Recommended

Villa Maria
1999 Riesling
Marlborough, New Zealand -$10.

Light yellow. Sweet, floral and vinous aroma with some honey and spice; fresh, crisp, tart and nearly dry fruit flavor with some caramel hints; good balance; clean finish.

#5
Recommended

J. Lohr
1999 Riesling
Monterey "Bay Mist" -$8.

Extra pale yellow. Floral, peach, apricot and green apple fruit aromas with faint turmeric; ripe, honeydew and citric, off-dry flavors; slight petillance; good balance, crisp; short finish.

#6
Recommended

Bonny Doon
1998 Riesling "Pacific Rim"
American -$9.

Light yellow. Initial hint of sulfur, muted and light floral, pear aromas with suggestions of mineral, bark, caramel; dry, flat, stale, faintly pineappley, nondescript flavors lack fruit; fair balance, needs fruit; no aftertaste or finish.

#7
Somewhat
Recommended

Salomon
Steiner-Pfaffenberg
1990 Riesling "Spätlese"
Austria -$28.

Light yellow color. Burnt rubber and sweat sock smells dissipate somewhat after 10-15 minutes, dried basil, overripe apple aroma; dry, slightly harsh, swampy, oxidized flavors with some apple and grapefruit; reasonably balanced.

#8
Not
Recommended

Trefethen
1998 Dry Riesling
Napa Valley -$13.50

Light yellow color. Slightly fruity aroma with hints of cardboard, filter pad, mineral, chemical, petroleum, plastic; dry, flat, harsh (bad wood?), acidic flavors; a finish that bites.

#9
Not
Recommended

Trimbach
1995 Riesling
Alsace, France -$15.

Medium yellow color. Chemical, petroleum, burnt rubber, mineral, and nutty smells over Mosel-like, baked apple aroma; dry, slightly harsh, terpene, rubbery, oily, sour, acidic, underripe fruit flavors; slightly bitter tannins.

#10
Not
Recommended

This Panel included Regulars Mark, Deanna, Glenn, Roy, Marlene, Jon, Ray, Jim, Greg, and James and Guest Patrick
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