Qualitatswein Halbtrocken, Mosel, Germany; 11.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 March; gone now
Usually, I avoid gimmicky bottles, but this one got me. Plus, it’s a Dornfelder, of which we’ve had only one previous example. “Halbtrocken,” translated literally, means “half dry,” so I was expecting it to be kind of sweet, and chilled it. It turns out it’s not that sweet, and I don’t recommend chilling it. 🙂
Rather than a “sweet red,” the wine really is more of a “soft red.” It has tasty enough flavors of grapey red-purple berry-cherry, perhaps a little plum, not all that complicated, smooth and easy to drink, with a reasonable amount of acid to balance the sweetness.
The next day it’s very much the same, maybe a little more supple.
More on the gimmicky bottle. The base is pretty much one third of a circle, with the front rounded and the back having two edges that would be radii of the circle, coming to a corner at the center of the circle. The top is of course completely round with a normal cork, and a sealing wax-type thing just on top of the cork itself. Unlike many apparently colored bottles that are actually clear glass with a colored plastic wrapping, this appears to be red glass, the color of which you can see at the very top. This photo was taken before the bottle was opened.