Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wine Review: Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Noble House Riesling QBA 2017

May is Riesling Month on!

Dr. Peter Pauly is the grandchild of Zacharias Bergweiler, historically one of the most esteemed Moselle winemakers. Already during his early studies at Geisenheim, the only German institution to award higher academic degrees in winemaking, Dr. Peter Pauly worked on the family wine estate before completely taking over the winery in the year 1959. In the year 2006, Dr. Peter Pauly transferred the operation of the wine estate to his son, Stefan Pauly. Stefan now not only carries forward the work of his father, but he also has achieved significant new success on the international wine market.

This is the first of two wines by Dr. Pauly Bergweiler that I'm reviewing for Riesling Month., and it's from their "Noble House" label. Here's their little blurb on the label: Noble House was named in honor of the Prince Elect of Trier, the oldest city in Germany. He built this distinguished Noble House in 1743, where his grapes were pressed and his wines were made. Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler bought the house more than 100 years ago.

The day that I'm writing this (May 16th; my rated reviews are usually done a week prior to publication) is marking a beautiful moment of the year, because finally it appears that I can start taking pictures of the bottles outside again. The sun is out and it's actually warm! See that wood? It's wet, like everything else around here. Cape Cod has been nothing but dark gloomy overcast and rain for the first half of 2019, but there is a ray of hope that we'll finally get out of it for a little snippet of spring and maybe let summer in for a minute.

This is 100% Riesling from Bernkastel in Mosel on the QbA (Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete) level of quality and it has an ABV of 10%. Visually the wine looks like watered down apple juice. And speaking of apples, the nose has explosive fruits of apples and peaches and lemon with a nice chalky minerality. It's medium bodied with a medium sweetness and a nice acidity to balance it out. There's flavors of juicy peaches and apples, and I even get a little bit of brie crust. And no, I'm not eating brie while writing this. I wish I was. Anyways, it finishes juicy with a little lingering sweetness and acidity.

Hey, I tell ya what, for $12 it won't let you down. I'm enjoying it, and anybody in the market for a $12 Riesling should too.

Price: $12
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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