Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wine Review: Garage Winery A.R. Hammond Rheingau Trocken Riesling 2013

Hammond Rheingau Riesling 2013

This is the second review from a series of three wines offered by Bill Adams - Selected. The first was Hammond Pinot Noir 2014, this one is Hammond Riesling 2013, and the final one will be Domaine Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy Côte-Rôtie 2013.

Bill is a wine consultant and a really cool dude that's putting together a portfolio of wines. I'm hoping he lands a distributor here in Massachusetts. His website is under construction but once it's up and running I'll add the link in this review.

Garage Winery was founded in 2000 by Anthony Hammond, born of a father from Chicago and a German mother, and raised in Upper Bavaria. After spending some time in Mississippi and San Francisco, he returned to Europe where he worked in wine shops and caught the winelover fever. Without any family history in the wine industry or winemaking, he settled in Rheingau and started purchasing vineyard land.

Today his headquarters is a warehouse on the banks of the Rhine, surrounded by farm animals, crops and frolicking children. The winery practices biodynamic farming and hopes to be certified soon.

Hammond / Garage Wine vineyard
Oh, German Riesling. Oh my beautiful paramore. It has been far too long. No seriously, it's been far too long. The last time I attempted to review a Riesling was in March 2016, and it was oxidized. Before that you have to go back to January 2015, and that was sparkling. October 2014 I did a Riesling but it wasn't German; it was from Washington State. Get this: The last time I reviewed a (non-sparkling) German Riesling was TWO DAYS SHY OF TWO YEARS AGO. What the actual fuck? How did I let this happen? There is no other type of wine that consistently makes me happier than German Riesling and yet there's this shitty revelation.

So now that I'm disgusted with myself... I'm gonna act like a goddamn adult and take a pounding of Riesling to the face to wash away all feelings of disappointment and hopelessness. That'll fix everything. This Riesling has an ABV of 11.5% and has an oily look to its straw yellow color.

That petrol. That petrol on that nose. Doesn't that make you wanna smack yo momma? That's exactly what it does for me. I freakin' love it. There's also a slatey minerality and fruit aromas of apricots and white peaches.

In the mouth it's light and zesty and super dry. Super dry at 11.5% ABV? Yes. And here's the most important thing... it still tastes like a Riesling. Listen, I love Rieslings from dry to sweet. An enormous pet peeve of mine is when an incredibly dry Riesling is too stoney with barely any fruit so it doesn't taste like a Riesling. That happens a lot when you get up to 13% ABV and it greatly upsets me. But this baby is dry as a bone and it's still obviously a Riesling. The aromas of apricots and white peach carry over to the palate with petrol as an undertone, and it finishes with tart apples.

Aw, man. This bitch is killer. There's really nothing for me to say other than dropping the rating and walking away. Peace.

Price: $15
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was given to me as a personal gift and not for the purpose of this review. I decided myself to utilize it this way. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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