Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Gysler Silvaner Halbtrocken, Rheinhessen, Germany, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  Silvaner halbtrocker?!  Yes, one of the German white wines with fairly low visibility in the States.  Let's give this aged one a try.

Original tasting and review : This is Gysler Silvaner Halbtrocken, Rheinhessen, Germany, 2007, finished at 12.5% alcohol, first sampled in May, 2014, seven years from vintage date.

In the glass: Clear with light honey tones.

On the nose: Poured at cold cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep dry honey and butterscotch tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be perhaps a bit tired and languid.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact clean grasses inside the light butterscotch veneer.  Soft, but still lively and pliable.  Clean fresh finish showing hints of musk.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but I'm quite confident this was an easy three stars in its younger days.

Following long decant, two days in partially filled bottle in refrigerator:  Served cool, actually fresh and vibrant now.  Gains a plus and becomes a good value.

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