Friday, September 7, 2007

2006 J&H Selbach Riesling Kabinett (Fish Label)

2006 Selbach Riesling Kabinett (Fish Label) is made with grapes from leased vineyards in the Mosel Saar Ruwer region for J. & H. SELBACH. In effect, it can be considered as a 2nd label or négociant line of the Selbach-Oster family. Johannes Selbach, the famed winemaker of Selbach-Oster, oversees the winemaking of all the wines of this label.

From the importer:
“This Kabinett comes from 15 kilometers around Zeltingen. A lot of it is Zeltingen, Bernkastel-Kues and Kinheim fruit, some Detzem, some Brauneberg.”

Tasting Notes:

Color: Clear, pale yellow.

Nose: Apple, honey and a whiff of wild flower.

Palate: Consistent notes with the nose; ripe apple and honey are the dominant flavors perked up by refreshing acidity and minerality.

Body: Medium.

Finish: Short to medium but persistent notes of honey and ; slight hint of minerals.

I have to admit that Riesling is not a wine I usually stock or a wine I particularly look out for. I only drink Riesling as a food-pairing wine with spicy cuisines such as Indian, Malaysian or Thai. As an entry-level Riesling, this Kabinett is very food friendly. However, I find young Rieslings, especially the entry-level semi-dry ones, are often rather one dimensional with overpowering sweetness and this 2006 Selbach is no exception.

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