2008 Georg Breuer Rudescheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Trocken

Indulge me, if you will, and entertain the notion of wines as women. For the umpteenth time. Not a small feat for some, I’m sure, and yet for others, I’m sure your eyes are already glazing over your MacBook, your lower lip drooping and your hands descending. Thank me later. On both the outside and the inside, the Riesling is an absolute dream girl. She is tall, slender, and smooth, with a snappy, flirtatious core of rapier-sharp wit and a snappy complexity beyond her years. Riesling is like a smarter, sexier Barbie with the intrusive curiosity of Derek Zoolander’s Matilda or the caddish unflappability of Irene Bullock.Speaking from the perspective of a woman who, upon first glance, seems more suited to a lifetime cataloguing the many squat nuances of the Franconian wines in their charming bocksbeutels, I can offer no sympathy for those of you who are shaped like my wonder bottle yet dislike the wine. This temple was built with sliders and fries. You have no idea what you’re missing. In the same vein as the sweet coquette comes the 2008 Georg Breuer Rudescheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling, a bookish specimen in a similar style of the Terra Montosa with a more savory, fruity flavor that pairs exceptionally with spicy foods. Some wines are team players. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. This wine starts off on a strange note- the cork and initial uncorking had a distinctly briny nose shockingly identical to olive oil and a surly, almost peevish flavor right out of the bottle with an acidity rivaling stomach acid. Fifteen minutes later it calmed down and revealed a perfectly pleasant flavor and substantial, thick mouthfeel. Peeks of ground white pepper, green apples, grapefruit, and fresh mint came through with each sip. It was tasty and sweet, with a dry fluidity. A good example of a trocken, and though the label is a bright, charming yellow, the flavor is purely vegetal and friendly. While I wasn’t aware of the exact level of acidity in this wine, it had to be high. Case in point. I went upstairs to wash my hands (we ate some very condiment-heavy veggie burgers) and came downstairs to find that a pungent, earthy scent had diffused throughout the room, emanating from the glass. This flavor was tempered by the slight petillance in this wine, as evidenced by the swirling nebula in the photo above. The wine’s acidity was unflagging throughout the bottle that we drank and though a little offputting on its own, was happy to share the stage with pink peppercorn and cumin potato wedges, whose earthiness danced with the minerality of this wine long into the night. If some Rieslings shine like the supermodels you lust over online, this is the girl next door that you kissed in high school. Whether or not you stick with it is your call, but it’s worth a try.

2008 Georg Breuer Rudescheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Trocken
MSRP $54
89/100

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