I happen to love German rieslings, but you don't see a lot of them here. I am not sure why, but I think there are a couple of reasons: (1) availability, as the SAQ has limited selections (2) I am never quite sure what meal I should be pairing an off-dry Riesling with, and (3) they tend to be pricey. But when local wine guru Bill Z reviewed some recent German arrivals last summer I picked up a half dozen - this was one of those recommendations.
The 2004 Keller Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen) was glittering gold in the glass, with a nose of yeast (more like wet bread dough), banana, honey, flint and a faint hint of petrol. Impeccably textured on the palate, crisp and minerally with a nice backdrop of limes, this was one of the only wines I have ever tasted that was good before dinner, paired with the salad, paired with dinner, and was reopened the next day to increased pleasure. Very versatile, nicely made, all at a pretty good price point - the world needs more wine like this.
cork. 12% alcohol
Price: C$22.85 (SAQ)