2009 G. H. von Mumm 50° Riesling Trocken

Qualitätswein Rheingau (apparently also close to Winegetter’s hometown), Germany; 12% ABV
“Trocken” = “dry”
$10 at the Berkeley, CA store

For local context, 50° north latitude is about 80 miles north of Vancouver, BC, Canada.  This wine clearly shows it’s the product of a location where grapes ripen less, but if you like this sort of thing, it’s quite good.

While the wine has a component of yellow apple, its main attraction is the nicely delineated acid of lemon, green apple, and the white part of melon rind.  While it reminded me of the 2008 Muddy Water Riesling (New Zealand), it is less sharp and provides a longer, more even, and more complex taste on the palate.  It went very well with lemon – ginger ground pork over rice, where the ginger was freshly grated and the lemon was fresh zest and juice, with no other sugar.  Although I would guess that a lot of GO customers, accustomed to ripe California fruit, would not like this wine, it could be a good deal if it’s to your taste.

9 thoughts on “2009 G. H. von Mumm 50° Riesling Trocken

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    This wine is now $6 at the Berkeley store, down from $10. Still plenty of it. I got a bottle today in which to braise a pork butt pot roast.

  2. LeftBanker

    Thanks for the review. I saw this on the shelf a while back and passed. Nice looking label. But for $10? Lots of options within a buck or two of that price point that come with solid recommendations. This is a bit of a pig in a poke, so I’ve been waiting for comments.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Welcome, Julian! I agree. The bottle is also a very pretty aquamarine colored glass.

  3. doug

    For 10 bucks….you’re better off buying a California wine that REALLY suits your taste. This is one of those G.O. wines that is very much suited to a very PARTICULAR dish…otherwise…it disappoints the palate.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Doug. While I agree you’re always better off buying a wine that suits your taste, I think this wine could be paired fairly flexibly within bounds. I’d guess it would not be good with sweeter foods like cooked onions or carrots, with darker meats, or with tomato-based sauces.

  4. the winegetter

    A friend of mine had that a while back and was quite impressed, too. And yes, this is close to my home as well (not the worst place to have grown up…). I will have to be on the look out for this one, although I prefer my rieslings a tad sweeter…:) Thanks for the call out!


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