For some unknown reason, I rarely include Rieslings on my list of wines to taste. Perhaps it’s that the wine world has this love-hate relationship with Rieslings, which, in my opinion, is unfounded. I know that some of you have a love-love relationship with them, and I commend you – “Riesling” has become such a generic word for an amazingly wide range of wine experiences – it hardly does justice to everything that is out there under the name.
We had a little late summer gathering this evening, and wanted something cold and crisp, but decidedly fruity. My personal bias is that I’ve tended to always stick to dry whites, so I was almost reluctant to open this semi-sweet, fruit forward wine. Ah, but shame on me….open it I did, and I was so very nice. The aromas of gooseberry, passion fruit and pineapple were lovely. The flavors matched well, with a little vanilla creaminess mixed into the fruit. The acidity was modest but remained crisp enough to offer a light, fruity finish without cloying sweetness. This wine was just perfect with our lightly spiced grilled shrimp. I have no doubt I’ll revisit this wine very soon.