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Dr. Hermann, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2009

Posted by Julian 17 Aug 2011

After all the excitement of wines dug out of the garbage and superbly aged supermarket plonk (whatever next?), dare we even bother you with a simple Kabinett from the Mosel, a sweet young thing from the slopes of Erden? We do indeed and, in all modesty, I think we may have found a minor classic for you.

One to even hide away now, maybe, and in ten years' time, follow our example and write your own semi-informed little piece on what you dug out of your cellar, wardrobe or customised wine storage appliance?

Let's have a look at what's inside the nicely, if a little sombrely, old-fashioned label: A surprisingly rich, dark straw colour is the first thing, then, a tantalizing smell of stony peach, slate, and sea breeze. On the palate, sweet, but not sugary or fake fruity, but nice ripe yellow middle Mosel fruit backed by polished minerality and refreshing acidity. Flawless, and a great example for what could be achieved in the sweeter styles of Riesling in 2009.

Small print

I like the label, it has a nice sense of more serious, old-fashioned times and even some small print. This is clearly not for everyone, but works for the likes of me. And even better to hear that you enjoyed the wine too. Must keep an eye on Dr Hermann, it seems.