2011 Alfred Graf Spatlese, Rheinhessen, Germany $6.99

Silverdale, WA    10% alc.    (Purchased on 6/18/13)

IMG_1064I could find no information online about this label or this particular wine.   And there’s little label information provided (as Bargainwhine noted in his recent review of the Graf Kabinett).  As discussed in comments following BW’s post, I suspect this wine could be a blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Sylvaner etc.

Slightly higher in alcohol than most sweeter style German whites from the Rhine that I’ve had recently.  Clear pale golden; when first poured at cellar temperature (not refrigerated), nose is very closed and gives little suggestion as to what’s in store.  Took about 90 minutes to really start showing ripe peach, green apple and lemon/lime acidity.  Flavors are right in line with the nose with perhaps a bit of orange peel too.  It’s quite viscous, smooth and richly textured.  While this wine is pretty sweet, it’s immediately cut with excellent green apple acidity.

The only down side to this wine?  It lacks intensity.  The flavors are there, but not as pronounced as I prefer in my German Rieslings and blends.  Seems a bit washed out in the finish.  I’ve found better value German wines at GO over the last year, so I won’t be buying more of this one.  Plus…I just prefer to have the label indicate a little more about what’s in my hands.  Because there’s really nothing wrong with the wine, I’m giving it a “Thumbs Up”.  But for me, it’s really more “Drinkable”.

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