Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling

Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 

Louis Guntrum Dy Riesling

The most northern winemaking regions of Germany straddle the 50th parallel making it among the world’s coolest vineyards.  Riesling makes up twenty percent of Germany’s grape plantings.  Rieslings vary in flavor from dry to very sweet.  The level of sweetness is determined by the residual sugar that is left in the grapes after harvest.  Later harvests produce more sugar while earlier harvests produce less.  The levels of sweetness are known as the Pradikat levels which are (driest to sweetness) Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. The Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling is sealed with a crew top and has an alcohol level of 12 percentage. 

The Louis Guntrum Riesling is a star bright pale yellow color.  On the nose are hints of tart peach, nectarine, peach blossom, steely minerality, petroleum, apricot blossom, ripe apricot, tart pineapple, and diesel fuel.  On the palate are notes of ruby red grapefruit, key lime, meyer lemon, honey, pear, sweet orange, ginger, minerality, tart peach, and white flower.  This wine finishes with screaming acidity! Can you feel it in your cheeks?

In general, dry Rieslings pair best with:

  • Roasted or slow cooked duck, pork, goose, and chicken
  • Roasted vegetables with a natural sweetness such as red onion, bell pepper, carrot, squash, and eggplant
  • Cheese of gouda, goat, gruyere, asiago, port salut, and mild cheddar
  • Exotic and flavorful cuisines of Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and Southwestern

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