Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wine Review: Schloss Saarstein 2011 Mosel Kabinett Riesling


In case you don't know me by now: I probably drink more Merlot than anything and I like to believe that Cabernet Franc is my favorite varietal... but Riesling is my weakness. It's my kryptonite. It makes me shut up for a goddamn minute. It also seems to be the wine that most often makes me jump up and down screaming "GODDAMNIT HOLY CRAP THAT'S GOOD!" And German Riesling? Fuggedabowdit.

Schloss Saarstein is located on the Saar River, Germany, and the winery is a friggin castle on top of a big ol' hill. The 24 acres of vineyards start right outside and are steep as hell, clinging to the slope of the hillside. Owner and winemaker Christian Ebert has been doing his work on this land his whole life. His family bought Schloss Saarstein in the middle of the 20th century.

Their 2011 Mosel Kabinett is off-dry with an ABV of 9.5%. Ebert believes it to be his best of the past decade.

The nose is smokey with underlying petrol, bruised apple and lime. The palate is juicy with peach, orange honeydew melon, lime and pear. The wonderful acidity will make you salivate like Pavlov's dogs.

Normally with Rieslings either the nose or mid-palate is my favorite part but with this one it's the finish. It's super long-lasting with juicy, ripe clementines and the recurring theme of lime.

I fall in love with Rieslings often and this is one of them. I write "Joey Saarstein" inside hearts on my notebook covers. Yeah...

So I guess you can say things are getting pretty serious

I suggest Saarstein Kabinett all the time and the customer will end up with something else that's less or more expensive. $18 is just a tough sell for a Riesling. The sweet spots (get it?) for Riesling seems to be between $8 to $13 and then $22 and up. So it's either go cheap or go big. Everybody forgets the middle child. Poor Jody Sweetin. (GET IT???)

When you get right down to it, this wine is a bargain. It's worth double every cent that you pay. If you see this anywhere you'd be crazy not to pick it up.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $18
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this review.

RIESLING T-SHIRT: I LOVE RIESLING. IT MAKES ME SMILE. :)

GERMAN T-SHIRT: I WANT YOUR EINZELLAGEN IN MY GROSSLAGEN

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