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Riesling, 2020. Moselland

Riesling, 2020. Moselland

Item #: S1221W1IG
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard/Appellation: Mosel, Germany
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Peach, Guava
Palate: Smooth Apple
Finish: Zesty Citrus
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Seafood, Fowl, Vegetarian/8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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More than a hundred years ago, economic hardships led Mosel wine growers to first create smaller associations and then create winegrowers' cooperatives. It was a way for their grapes to become part of a larger selection, opening a much larger market. Moselland eG has been cooperating with the wine cooperative Nierstein (Rheinhessen) and the regional winegrowers' cooperative Rietburg since 2004.The latter resulted in the merger with the Palatinate cooperative in 2011.

Riesling is one of the four noble grapes. It is called noble because it has a natural tendency to restrict growth. By keeping the yields down, the quality goes up. Only four grapes have this feature: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. German Riesling is unmatched in the world of wine. The grape was brought over by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. At first it was considered problematic because Germany's cooler climate often didn't ripen the grapes as well as that of Italy. This was solved by Charlemagne the Great around the 9th Century when he observed a vineyard at the break of winter. He noticed that the sun shone at the top of the hill first and gradually worked its way down. So, he directed the growers to plant grapes at the top so that they would receive more sun, a concept that is coveted in Germany to this day.

Our selection is a classic rendition of the Mosel region. The aromas of peach and red apple are apparent from the first whiff. It then transforms in the mouth with touches of apricot and lemon peel along with a daring statement about the granite soils in which the grapes were grown. Matching with shrimp diablo or orange chicken would be heavenly.

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