Thursday, September 3, 2015

Good Mosel Riesling for <$15

When it comes to Mosel Riesling, I like a diversity of styles. But the terroir explorer in me almost exclusively buys and cellars single vineyard wines so I can compare and contrast the different individual sites and producers. 

But there is a place for inexpensive regional blends from every region. And the 2014 Urban Riesling from St. Urbans-Hof is a solid entry-level Riesling for the price. This reliable producer sources non-estate grapes and blends them into a bright, refreshing Riesling.

If you're just getting into German Riesling and don't know where to start, this is as good a place as any. If you're a Mosel nerd but looking for something inexpensive to have around while the beauties age in the cellar, well, here ya go. 

2014 Urban Riesling - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Light gold color. Pleasant nose of juicy peaches, lychee and honey, some chalky, rocky elements. Moderate sweetness is kept in check by refreshing acid. Juicy white peach, green pear, lychee, some waxy, dried honey and clover elements. Bright, tangy finish with minerals and candied orange peel. Impressive amount of dusty minerality for an entry level wine. Lots of fun. Well worth $14, and a great introduction to Mosel Riesling. 9.5% alcohol. (87 points)

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