Balthasar Ress 2014 Riesling Kabinett Hattenheim Schutzenhaus, Rheingau, Germany
Balthasar Ress 2014 Riesling Kabinett Hattenheim Schutzenhaus, Rheingau, Germany

Balthasar Ress 2014 Riesling Kabinett Hattenheim Schutzenhaus, Rheingau, Germany

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The Rheingau is one of the world’s most distinguished wine regions, beautiful and rich in tradition and home to the 18th-century scholars who formulated the Prädikat system of ranking Riesling wines by the ripeness of their grape at harvest time.  Prädikat wines range from driest to sweetest as such: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein.

 

Riesling is known by wine lovers, chefs and sommeliers as an amazingly versatile wine for pairing with a wide variety of foods and especially with spicy international fare, like spicy Thai food, Indian food, hearty salads, smoked sausages and roasted or grilled chicken and pork.

 

When we first sampled this delightfully refreshing Riesling, we immediately thought “what a great wine to kick off spring!”  This energetic Riesling is packed with flavors of sun-ripened summer fruits like fresh nectarines, apricots and white peaches, but that gentle sweetness is balanced by zesty notes of lime and crisp green apple.

 

This is a medium bodied, classic Riesling from the heart of Germany's great Rheingau region.  It envelops the mouth with intense fruit and zippy minerality.

 

The Balthasar Ress estate dates back to 1870 and is still run by the 4th and 5th generation family members who practice sustainable farming and minimal intervention in the winemaking process.  Their 2014 Riesling Kabinett, priced about $10-$15 less than comparable Rheingau Rieslings, is a knockout, and an ideal wine to re-introduce yourself to the joys of German wine.

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