Silverdale, WA 8% alc. (Purchased on 12/20/14)
A couple of things nearly kept me from buying this wine right from the “get go”: the blue glass bottle…especially from Germany (blue glass bottles are usually far more attractive than their contents…and I have a hard time believing that the Germans prefer it to the already customary blue/green glass that they usually use in the Mosel) and the words “Sweet Rich Harvest” on the front label. When was the last time you saw a phrase like that on a German label? This wine was specifically created for the American market. And there was some trepidation expressed here on the blog by some of our readers about this Auslese (perhaps for the low price and for the reasons I mentioned above). Actually, I likely wouldn’t have bought it if not for the dearth of interesting wines in my local GO’s for the past few weeks.
Ah! but the contents… Brilliant pale golden. In the nose it shows enticing honeyed peach and apricot aromas. In the mouth, it’s somewhat viscous and quite smooth with flavors of more sweet, ripe peach and apricot and a tangy green apple, citrus finish. The sugar/acid balance is impeccable. Almost every Friday night is teriyaki night at our house. This sweet white went extremely well with the sweet and salty chicken teriyaki. A delicious white that’s a steal at this price for a dessert style German Riesling. Actually, I’d love to try another bottle with apple streudel, an apple dumpling or plain ol’ apple pie!