In my opinion, there are few things better than well-made German Riesling. Conversely, poorly-made, flabby, sweet, limp Riesling is always a disappointment.
I've fallen in love with the latest string of German Rieslings from 2000, 2001 and now 2002.
Of course, high end German Rieslings cost a pretty penny (and considering the labor costs associated with harvesting grapes on steep, slate covered slopes, these prices are usually warranted). The little gems are good tasting Rieslings that hit the target of 10-15 bucks.
Steep-sloped vineyards along the Mosel River
Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler QBA Riesling was my first find. Alas, the stock in the wine store is now gone.
I have since moved up a couple bucks and discovered Dr. Loosen Riesling '02 (~ $13).
This wine is from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany.
light, pale gold in color
scents of white peaches, Golden Delish apples and a hint of honeydew melon
flavor is delicate, slightly sweet, but with enough acidity to avoid heaviness/syrupy-ness
A great aperitif wine. Also very good with Indian food (had it with saag paneer and naan == Yum!)
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)