Taking a break from the cheap stuff I finally opened a Riesling that was recommended by our local wine guru Bill Z. last summer. The 2005 Weingut St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett is a single-vineyard riesling from the celebrated Mosel Saar Ruwer. Shiny liquid gold in the glass, all petrol on the nose at first, later releasing some candied apricot, fresh-picked white flowers, yeast and beeswax notes. Off-dry with a soft, subtle effervescence and a gravelly undertone, it glides so easily across the palate, but with the steelinees of a precision crafted machine tool - polished and well balanced with a firm acidic frame, very enjoyable. According to the website, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen means 'little drops of Piesport gold' - aptly named, and a great pour at this price point. Thanks Bill!
cork. 9.5% alcohol
Price: C$22.85 (SAQ)
PS: I couldn't help but think of you, Barry - as I rave about this wine it is probably a rather pedestrian, everyday wine for you in Germany...