In late July, I had the opportunity to travel to Germany to tour two premiere wine regions, the Rheinhessen and the Mosel. Over the course of five whirlwind days I tasted close to 500 wines. It was an amazing experience that galvanized my passion for German wines.
One of the more charming wines of the trip was poured for me by winemaker Thorsten Melsheimer, a towering, gregarious guy (pictured right) who, much to the chagrin of our tour group’s watch-tapping chaperone, swept us away in his beat up truck for an impromptu tour of the local vineyards and mountains where he works. Through vertigo-inducing back roads overlooking unbelievably steep vineyards, I got a tangible sense of where the wines that I had enjoyed for so long were from. It was a “connect-the-dots” moment that crystallized my enthusiasm for the wines of the region.
Melsheimer’s Kabinett Riesling ’11 is classic and honest, and really strikes at the heart of what I find so appealing about German wines. Light on its feet but intense enough to compliment a large swath of food pairings, it has a citrusy snap that encompasses a core of tart apple followed by a fresh, stony finish. There is a touch of sweetness but the wine finishes virtually dry thanks to a final flash of acidity.
We have a little less than 10 cases (the staff has been picking them off one-by-one) to offer of Melsheimer’s Reiler Mullay-Hofberg Kabinett Riesling ’11 ($17.50). To order call us at (718) 797-9463.