2011 Alfred Graf Kabinett

Prädikatswein from the Rheinhessen, Germany;  Imported by AW Direct
presumably Riesling but bottle doesn’t say; 9% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 18 June

2011_Graf_KabinettThe label of this wine seemed to be trying to convey authenticity but lacked details of producer, vineyard, or grape, so I was intrigued but wary.  It turned out to be a good value in this style of wine.

It showed lively, modest complexity with flavors of yellow and green apples, yellow pear, and a little ripe lemon.  The wine is lightly sweet but balanced with nice acid and a little minerality.  The screw cap helped keep this wine very fresh and tasty, but the bottle in the fridge developed some golden raisin oxidation over a few days, so I expect it’s not one to wait to drink.

Lim13 reviewed the Graf Spätlese, which was a dollar more, and I look forward to his comments on this wine.  🙂

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6 thoughts on “2011 Alfred Graf Kabinett

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    Last night, I opened the bottle of this that I got during the sale. It went very nicely with my curried red lentils, which were a little sweet from onion and red kabocha (Japanese pumpkin). However, at times, the wine had a slight off flavor that made me think you shouldn’t wait that much longer to drink it.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      I got another bottle of this during the December sale and opened it tonight. The spoiled yellow grape / raisin flavor is stronger. Definitely don’t wait to drink this if you have it, and I won’t be getting any more.

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  2. lim13

    Finally, BW…I got to my bottle tonight! Your description fits very well. No petrol character here, just lots of perfectly balanced light sweetness and zingy acidity. I love this wine and prefer it to it’s sister spatlese that I recently reviewed. This one, IMHO is cleaner and far better balanced. My wife and I had it with green salad with mozzarella fresca, avocado and grilled chicken. A few fresh strawberries or blueberries in the salad may have even accentuated the fruitiness of the wine. Good German Rieslings with some residual sugar and balanced acidity almost always work well with salads dressed with very light acidity (vinegar, lemon juice, etc.). A fine summer match. $6.00 in WA, but still a dollar cheaper than the spatlese.

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  3. lim13

    and Sylvaner? Reinhessen is also the home of Liebfraumilch (Blessed Mother’s Milk)…uh…Blue Nun.

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  4. joelA

    FYI: If the label doesn’t say it’s riesling, then it’s not. From that region it could be Muller-Thurgau, Scheurebe or a mixture of grapes.

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