2012 German Riesling

/2012 German Riesling

2012 German Riesling

Most growers will have had among their best vintages of the last decade in 2012.  The 2012 German Riesling is worth seeking out. 

This blog was written after work last night.  Joan was making scrod and bay scallops so off to the local wine store for a bottle of white wine I ventured.  Low and behold we found the Dr. Loosen Riesling Mosel.  We found the wine a little different with an aroma of pineapple.  The flavor was a nice mix of citrus and mineral with red grapefruit and pineapple up front followed with nice acidity and finish.  The wine went very nicely with the seafood.  Cost was $14.  See WineSpectator’s review below.

“What sets 2012 apart from other recent vintages is that due to a long, cooler season,

[the] physiological ripeness has been achieved before a significant drop in acidity.” And 2012 is indeed a high-acid vintage at least for Riesling.  You will find the wines amazingly dense and full, materially rich in substance.  This is what is called a “high-acid” year when the wines are generous and concentrated. 

I have become a big lover of German Riesling with everything from fish to pork.  I enjoy the bigness and forward flavors that German wines are famous for.  You will find that German wines will lay down nicely in your cellar and be wonderful years later.  We are drinking our 2001 and 2002 German Rieslings now and it is a treat. 

When buying German wines you will find three distinct levels of wine based upon the quality of the grapes.  Auslese (the best), Scheurebe (middle) and Kabinetts the common name many of you will recognize. Many lovely Kabinetts exist and should never be confused with jug wine.

Below are some early releases to enjoy:  You will find many lovely German Rieslings at good prices not listed below.  Many producers make limited case lots.  This blog makes every attempt to only list wines with ample supply and many in the tens of thousands of cases.  Many good well priced Rieslings do not fall into that classification so do not be shy enjoy.

Loosen Bros. Riesling QbA Mosel Dr. L 2012  

rated 91 points around $12 

A succulent white, filled with plush red peach, cherry and white currant flavors that are supported by zesty acidity. Long and creamy on the finish, offering plenty of spicy overtones. Impressive for the category. Drink now through 2016. 100,000 cases made. –KM Country:

Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling Kabinett Mosel Ürzig Würzgarten 2012  

 rated   91     $22 

Offers a fruity aroma, with a lively ripeness to the red peach, melon and apricot flavors. Cream and spice accents show on the rich, fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made. –KM

St.-Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Mosel Old Vines 2012  

rated 90    $16 

This version is richly spiced and filled with luscious flavors of glazed apricot, ripe melon and peach cobbler. Shows minerally notes, offering a finish of golden raisin and nutmeg. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made. –

Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Mosel Blue Slate 2012

 rated 89    $22 

 Shows lively snap to the lemon-lime and fresh-cut apple flavors, featuring some saline and minerally notes. The finish is crisp and zesty. Drink now through 2020. 9,000 cases made. 

Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling Spätlese Mosel Mosel Slate 2012

rated  89    $25 

 Offers a tight beam of green peach and apple flavors, featuring notes of shiso leaf and white pepper. Crunchy finish. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases made. 

 St.-Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Mosel Urban 2012

rated   87     $11 

The roasted peach and Golden Delicious apple flavors are accented by notes of tarragon cream. Offers a broad finish, with hints of smoke of spice. Drink now. 30,000 cases made. –KM

 

Note:  all reviews are from Winespectator.

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