Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler – 2011 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese

HB Spatlese

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.



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