2010 Vertikal Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany $3.99

Silverdale, WA    8% alc.    (Purchased on 12/20/14)

IMG_1346A 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!

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3 thoughts on “2010 Vertikal Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany $3.99

  1. lim13 Post author

    I was hoping we’d hear from you, weingetter! There’s always very little info on the wines from Vertikal. All the back label says is: Bottled by D-RP 576 280 L.A.P.NR 2 576 280 1196 11 Shipped and imported by Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors Dallas, Texas You might want to play around a bit with this website: http://vertikalwines.com/

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  2. the winegetter

    Interesting! I share your weird feelings about those blue bottles…usually a reason for me to stay away. They really are not used in Germany.

    Who was the filler for this wine, do you know? Peter Mertes? Or Moselland? Would be interesting to know. In any case, sounds like a good bargain. And 2010 is my favorite recent vintage. Just fabulous.

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