Riesling, 2020. Fritz Windisch

Riesling, 2020. Fritz Windisch

Item #: S0922W2
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard/Appellation: Germany
Color: Golden
Nose: Apricot
Palate: Peach, Cinnamon
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Asian, Spicy, Light Dessert

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The Windisch Family history only goes back to 1780 and is located in the Southern Rhine known as the Rheinhessen. That would be old enough for us. What is interesting to note is that for nearly 150 years they didn't bottle their own wine. They had it bottled elsewhere as the cost of owning a winery was too great to contemplate. It wasn't until the 1920s that they produced their first Estate Bottled Riesling.

Germany has the strictest wine laws in the world. These laws are very specific with regard to what you can call the wine, where the grapes are grown and how the wine is made. In our case the wine must have a narrow range of alcohol levels and sweetness.

There are three tiers of quality. The top tier is Qualitatswein mit Pratikat. Our selection falls into that designation. There are several styles of wine in this section all having to do with sugar levels. Kabinet is the first level and is the driest, though not completely. Next comes Spatelese, which means "late picked" and is sweeter and then Auslese, which is "very late picked" and sweeter still.

The next two are very sweet and considered dessert wines. Auslese is in the middle and is either served with very rich foods like lobster or foie gras as well as after dinner with cheeses, cookies, or pastries.