Wednesday, September 3, 2008

*** $$ Weingut Eugen Muller Forster Kirchenstuck Riesling Auslese, 2005, Germany - Review and Rating

Review: The Weingut Eugen Muller Forster Kirchenstuck Riesling Auslese, 2005, from Germany, is built with a modest 9.5 percent alcohol.

In the glass, it is quite light, just off-white with tiny hints of green. On swirling, the grass and wet rocks come hurtling from the glass. Seems like it will be steely dry and tight - think New Zealand sauvignon blanc. That would be odd for an auslese, wouldn't it?! Let's see...

In fact, it comes to the palate with full creamy sweetness in the middle, supported by very modest acids. It finishes with an even, modest, sweet fruit finish. Indeed, somewhat generic on the palate, though bold and distinct on the aroma. Three stars out of five.

Terry Theise, one of my favorite wine writers anywhere - and a Germany specialist - give it a high two-star rating and named this as one of his "core wines" for the 2005 vintage. Here's what he says: "CORE-LIST WINE. It’s still fleshy and dimpled but what salty-sweet power here! Fragrances of cherry and flint, Szechaun spare ribs, lime and gardenia, boucherie and jasmine; palate washes over you with piquant tangy sweetness but ambushes you with salt, like tapioca pudding with maple-smoked bacon."

Well, that's a lot of flavors, and far more than I detected. Yes, I definitely get the lime. But maple-smoked bacon??! Theise also gives it a potential 8-25 years of aging. But, take it from me, quite yummy now!

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