Schmitt Sohne Riesling

Name: Schmitt Sohne Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2005
Producer: Schmitt Sohne GMBH
Price: $9.99

Another of the fine bottles I acquired at Costco. Very pale yellow in color and it has a sugary aroma, like honey and ripe fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet as it hits your tongue but then turns more dry as you swirl it in your mouth. I can’t place the flavor but it’s not like other examples of Riesling that I’ve had, and I’ve had a few. The flavor is somewhere between “fruity drink” and “cough syrup” in flavor but not consistency obviously. It doesn’t taste bad but the world is chock full of better Rieslings.

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Moselland ArsVitis

Name: Moselland ArsVitis
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2005
Producer: Moselland
Price: $9.99

I selected this at Costco on the virtue of its cool bottle. It has a clear window on the front that frames a portrait of a mountain road that is on the other side of the bottle but inside it so that you look through the wine to see the portrait. Hard to describe, but it looks cool. Smells crisp and like citrus. The flavor isn’t what I expected based on the aroma, it’s actually semi-sweet with lemon notes and a quick finish.

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Deinhard Beren Auslese

Name: Deinhard Beren Auslese
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2002
Producer: Deinhard
Price: $9.99 (375 ml)

This barely fits under my $20 limit if you double it to a normal 750 ml bottle but I wanted to try out a real dessert wine. This is a Riesling that sat on the vine longer than normal and got sweeter than normal. This is actually very cheap for a dessert wine. The very dominant aromas are honey and grapefruit and the color is a nice golden hue. As you would expect, it is sweet on the palate with a honeyed apricot flavor and a short finish that feels like you just ate some jam right out of the jar. Not bad for a cheap dessert wine.

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Hogue Riesling

Name: Hogue Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: U.S. – Washington
Year: 2005
Producer: Hogue Cellars
Price: 6.99

Has that Riesling aroma that I always describe as “apple” but I’m not sure that’s what it is. When you swirl it, you get a little bit of a bubble gum scent as well. The flavor is crisp and acidic with a medium finish. Overall, it is what I expect from Hogue, a very nice example of what I expect from a given grape.

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Schmitt Sohne Riesling Kabinett

Name: Schmitt Sohne Riesling Kabinett
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2004
Producer: Schmitt Sohne
Price: $7.99

Has a light straw color and it smells a little sweet but doesn’t generate much of an aroma at all. It does have a bit of a sweet flavor, probably because of the sugar they dump in these. That sweetness turns to a tart, unripe fruit flavor on the finish. Overall, it’s fairly clean and refreshing but not a great Riesling by any stretch.

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Hogue Riesling

Name: Hogue Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: U.S. – Washington
Year: 2005
Producer: Hogue Cellars
Price: $6.99

Has a tart, somewhat floral aroma. The flavor is a bit sweet and like apples that aren’t quite ripe. The unripe flavors leave a medium finish that is less than desirable, but overall it isn’t a bad experience. It just isn’t the best Riesling I’ve had.

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St. Urbans-Hof Riesling

Name: St. Urbans-Hof
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2004
Producer: St. Urbans-Hof
Price: $11.99

Very light in color with an aroma of citrus. The flavor is tart but quite smooth overall. The finish is fairly quick and the overall experience of the wine is fairly direct an uninteresting. I don’t dislike it, it’s quite drinkable, but for this price I expected more. The bottle is also too tall to fit neatly in my fridge, a minor point but it’s irritating.

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R Rheingau Riesling

Name: “R” Rheingau
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2004
Producer: Weinhaus August Kesseler
Price: $7.99

This is a very nice Riesling for the price. It has scents I’d associate more with Chardonnay but the flavor is immediately sweet and tasty. It has citrus notes on the short finish. You have to like sweet wines to appreciate this one because it is almost like candy without being syrupy like many proper dessert wines.

Hogue Late Harvest White Riesling

Name: Hogue Late Harvest White Riesling
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: U.S. – Washington
Year: 2004
Producer: Hogue Cellars
Price: $11.99

I have been drinking this particular wine every year since the 1998 vintage and it never fails to deliver. It has an aroma of soft fruits, a hint of grapefruit and vanilla. The flavor is quite sweet, I’ve always considered it a dessert wine. Those who love syrupy sweet dessert wines may disagree and argue that this is just a sweet Riesling, but it’s sweet enough that I’d substitute it for dessert any day. The finish is short and has a late note of grapefruit as well. Overall, I think it is a great value. Dessert wine is typically pricey so this one is always a treat.

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Niersteiner Olberg Kabinett Riesling

Name: Niersteiner Olberg Kabinett
Type: White
Grape: Riesling
Origin: Germany
Year: 2004
Producer: Seebrich Weingut
Price: $8.99

Despite the fact that I primarily drink red wine, I do love a good Riesling. And as you might guess, I’ll enjoy a mediocre one as well. My brother and his wife drink red wine exclusively and to introduce them to whites, I conducted a blind taste test. I bought two bottles of red and two bottles of white, then blindfolded each of them and had them taste each wine. I asked them only to identify whether each was red or white. Both of them mistook a red for a white or vice versa, and realized that white wines could be good too. Mission accomplished. However, I chose a Riesling as one of the whites and that one was correctly identified as a white wine before it touched anyone’s lips. This wine is just like that. You can tell it’s white before you get to it by the smart pear and citrus aroma. It is rather sweet and has flavors of lemon and grapefruit. Many folks may not agree with me, but I like this one. I find that few people (that I know anyway) appreciate sweet wines. This is far from a dessert wine, but it is sweeter than most. My advice is to drink it, but drink it rarely and drink it very cold.