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The Rheingau: From Marcobrunn to Kirchenstuck

While most classic wine regions of the Old World, such as Bordeaux, Rioja and Tuscany, focus on dry reds, the Rheingau, in Germany, is one of the very few classic regions producing primarily top-class white wines. These wines span sweetness levels from dry to off-dry to dessert. They are characterized both by finesse and power—the hallmark of great wines. The wines’ finesse comes from the riesling grape and their power is derived from excellent ripening conditions.
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2008 Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling

Pale but very bright golden in color. The nose is very quite floral, white flowers over stone fruit. Just-ripe peach, some apples, and honeysuckle lead on the palate. It is a bit flaccid on the mid-palate, then picks back up with some lemon-citrus tart on the finish. Off-dry, it pairs well with a lobster roll to pair sweet to sweet, or spicy fried oysters for contrast. Recommended. DH
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2007 Domdechant Werner Riesling Classic – Rheingau, Germany

I wish this was the first Riesling I ever tasted: I would have fallen in love with the grape immediately. Incredibly easy to drink, perfectly balanced, a hint of sugar offsetting wonderful acidity in the very good 2007 vintage. To begin, the wine offers sweet grass and green aromas, as in a garden just after the evening dew has fallen. There’s a touch of tropical citrus especially in the flavor. Finishing, the taste lingers pleasantly along the edges of your mouth, almost fizzy in its liveliness.