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Weingut Darting Durkheimer Hochbenn Kabinett Riesling 2009

Riesling from Germany
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9.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Another shy '09, slow to reveal its usual malt and brown sugar aromas, but it comes on solid and generous; an entirely satisfying keep-you-company wine you don't have to pay all that geek attention to.

Critical Acclaim

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Rich and juicy, sporting flavors of grapefruit, peach and a touch of spice, all buoyed by the vibrant structure. This shows some power for a kabinett and persists on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
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Weingut Darting

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Weingut Darting, Germany
The quality of the Wines starts in the vineyard – this is our conviction. This conviction is based on the long experience of our family in the vine refinement business. The selection of the grape varietals, according to the conditions of nature, is essential for the development of the grapes.

Winemaking is our life. Our best finish for a year is – if our work is rewarded by the creation of a new icewine. Each vintage has great challenges for us for every day, which we answer with love and dedication. You can smell and taste this dedication in our wines. Discover the variety of the flavours during a tasting in our vinery. You are welcome!

Producing some of the finest white wines in the world, Germany is one of the world’s most misunderstood winegrowing countries. Many wine consumers of a certain age will recall with amusement and a twinge of horror the sugar-laden Liebfraumilch of their formative drinking years. But today Germany is building its reputation upon fine wines at all points of the sweet to dry spectrum, the best of which can age for many decades.

The world’s northernmost region for quality wine production, Germany faces some unique viticultural challenges due to its extreme marginal climate. Fortunately for the lover of German wine, because they hover a bit under the radar, they tend to remain surprisingly affordable—for now.

Germany is best known for white wines, particularly Riesling, which is cold-hardy enough to survive very chilly winters, and has enough natural acidity to create balanced wines even at the highest levels of residual sugar. These are classified by ripeness, and can be picked early for dry wines with searing acidity, or as late as January following the harvest for lusciously sweet ice wines.

Other important white varieties include fairly neutral workhorse Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) grown in warmer pockets of the country is, at its best, elegant and structured enough to rival red Burgundy.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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