2001 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese

2001 Erdener Treppchen Riesling AusleseOnce again, I have the fine opportunity to indulge myself in a Riesling. I tell ya’ doing these tasting notes is a tough business.

We’re on the second bottle of our Riesling experience, and I have to say I’m a happily surprised. Well, I probably shouldn’t be, as there were some items on the wine label that let me know that this wine had some potential…Auslese, for example, is a good sign for me, as I like my Rieslings a tad sweet. Auslese generally indicates more attention had been paid attention to the grape, having been picked at the peak of ripeness, or at least we hope. Same could be said for the “Qualitätswein mit Prädikat”, which of course goes to follow, as a German wine can only be deemed “Auslese” if it is “Qualitätswein mit Prädikat”. Okay, that may not make any sense…read this for more on these titles.

Eyes:Golden yellow with a distinct tint of green. It has a soft rim, meaning it’s nearly translucent where the wine meets the glass. Giving the wine a quick twirl shows a thinner Riesling from what I’m used to. Walls of the wine hold the wall of the glass, but they very quickly dissipate, with thick…well I hesitate to call them “legs”. On sight it looks to be a sweet but thin wine.

Nose:Okay, I know this is going to sound peculiar, but the wine smelled musty and has a bit of a cat-pee aroma. I’ve read that a “cat-pee” aroma can mean either good or bad.

Taste: Very good. Sweet, a little like pineapples, but also a little drier than what I’ve had in other Rieslings. It holds the tongue fairly well, and trails off quickly but nicely.

Overall? The aroma is admittedly off putting, but it tastes wonderful. Not the best Riesling I’ve ever had, but I wouldn’t pour it down the sink.

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