#WineChat #Riesling 9-18-13… The Facts!

We are sad that we had to see summer go and, thus, the Summer of Riesling… but the good news is that Riesling can actually be drunk all year round… fear not.

In tradition, we would like to take this opportunity to share the Facts of Riesling, primarily our baby, Austrian Riesling, with you. After all, it’s never too late to learn.

Paul Grieco’s Thoughts:

“2010 is much easier to drink than 2011 – softer palate, acid less defined, aristocratic Riesling, but very approachable.” – @spitpaul #winechat

“An approachable aristocrat w/ sense of fineness, but not intimidatingly so.” -@spitpaul #salomon #winechat

“Dry, dry, dry w/ soft fruit at the bottom of the basket.” -@SpitPaul #Salomon #winechat

 

2011 Vintage Overall:

Some reading for later : @winespectator’s report on the #2011 #vintage in #europe http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/46005 #winechat #wine 

In #Austria the #2011 #vintages was “back to normal” after two smaller vintages in #09 #10 #winechat

#Austria’s #2011 #vintage is a #drinknow vintage compared with 2010. They’re just friendlier #winechat

#Austrian #grapes were healthy and happy in #2011 #winechat

#Austria’s weather was a bit of a roller coaster in 2011 – warm spring, cool summer, hot, dry fall #winechat

Ideal weather conditions = #2011 a long, but rewarding harvest (oct-feb) #Austria. Grapes were picked when ready, not for weather #Winechat

#Riesling in #Austria was said to “garner overall accolades” .. outstanding & long aging potential #winechat

#Austria #Riesling has brilliant clarity & fruit in 2011 now and onward #winechat

#Salomon experienced rain in Kremstal end of October, but grapes still healthy #winechat

#Salomon referred to the 2011 vintage as exciting #Winechat

#Germany recorded wines as firm & rich w/ good acidity overall in 2011 #winechat

2010 was a small vintage for everyone, #Germany’s levels were back or close to normal in 2011, lasted through October #winechat

#harvest in #Germany started earlier than most years in 2011 from roller-coaster weather #Winechat

 

Austrian wine overall: 

Some facts about #Riesling in #Austria… one of most highly respected varieties here #winechat

#Riesling plantings in #Austria rose 13% from 1999-2009 #winechat

#Austria #Riesling thrives in primary rock soils along the #Danube, including the #kremstal #winechat

#Riesling is sometimes referred to as #TheKingofWhiteWines #winechat

#Austria #Riesling is dominated by notes of stone fruits like peach & apricot, & exotic fruits w/ mineral (slate/flint) #winechat

#Riesling from #Austria is always dry. #winechat

 

About the wine: Salomon Undhof Steiner Koegl Kremstal DAC Reserve:

#ErsteLage in #Austria  started in 2010.. it’s #singlevineyard sites w/ exceptional quality #winechat

Vineyards in #Austria that are classified come from #Kremstal #Kamptal #Wagram #Traisental & there are 52 #winechat

The #ErsteLage philosophy is that “You can only make great wine from a great vineyard.” #winechat

Here is a list of the classified vineyards of #erstelage http://www.traditionsweingueter.com/news_klasslagen.html #winechat members: http://www.traditionsweingueter.com/members.html

#KremstalDAC #Riesling is mineral rich, but delicate.  Reserve style is richer #winechat

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