Mosel, Germany; 8.5% ABV
$4 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 9 Jan. Probably also still at Richmond.
I had shied away from the Vertikal wines that have shown up at the GO. But after Lim13 has consistently liked them (most recently the 2010 Riesling Auslese, which I have not seen near me in CA), and I needed something to go with an Asian-sauced dinner, I picked up this bottle. I’ll add this to the list of Vertikal wines that are good for the price.
I’m not the expert in German wines that Lim13 and others here are, so I didn’t really know what they meant when they described a “diesel” quality in German Rieslings. However, from the first smell of this wine, my reaction was, “Oh, so that’s what they’re talking about!” On first exposure, I can’t say I’m especially attracted or repelled by this quality, but it is interesting. While there’s diesel (Or kerosene? I’m also not an expert in petroleum distillates.) on the palate, too, there’s also nice white and yellow pear, with nicely balancing acid of said pears and some green apple / lemon. For something I’m touting as having a diesel flavor, the overall impression from the wine is that it is very clean and clear, smooth and even. It’s not very complex, but it’s still pretty tasty for what you pay.