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Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2012

Recommendation: “Not bad” Riesling.

Winery/Producer: Weingut Dr. Loosen; Bernkastel/Mosel, Germany.

Grape Variety: Riesling.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Erden; Mosel Valley, Germany.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $23.79 with a 15% discount.

Purchased From: Total Wine; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Japanese sukiyaki with beef, mushrooms, tofu, bamboo, Chinese cabbage and onions.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before drinking. Clear, oat straw color with a touch of spritz. Very light apple cider and honeysuckle aromas. Slightly tangy and a sweet syrupy mouth-feel; ripe apple, pear and metallic taste that carries through the long finish and ends with a persistent sweet after-taste. Some acidity, but not enough to cut through the predominate sweetness. It’s very drinkable; however, it was to sweet for my non-sweet palate. We had this several years ago when we were buying lots of different Riesling using a 15% off coupon and my opinion was the same for this second bottle. It’s “not bad” Riesling.

    She said: Clear, golden yellow color with lots of bubbles. A light floral aroma and sweet pear flavor on the palate, but with a dominant sweetness that was stronger when tasting the wine alone then with the dinner. The medium body and low alcohol content was more reminiscent of soda pop then wine. The finish was long, but sweet and lingered into an aftertaste I would have preferred to avoid. Rieslings are not wines I enjoy because of their sweetness and this one was no exception. At $23.79 I would try a dry, more crisp Riesling at the very least or another varietal instead.

Erdener Treppchen vineyard in the Mosel River valley

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Alcohol: 8%

UPC Code: 1 83103 00006 8

Imported by: Loosen Bros.; Salem, Oregon.

Photo from Dr. Loosen.