You know it. I love old(er) rieslings. So, you can imagine how excited I was when Salil Benegal over at Terroirist posted about a tasting of 1997 Mosel rieslings he attended recently. I writes convincingly about the vintage and the experience. I have tried only one 1997 I can remember and I still have a bottle or two of that one.
Here is some of the article that I could easily relate to (but probably not express like that…):
“One of the most striking differences between German Riesling on release and several years later is the sense of harmony that seems to develop. The floral or mineral expressions that they show on release aren’t as vivid several years later, but rather they converge with the fruit and the nuances of development into a seamless whole that’s greater than the sum of all parts in the best examples. While most of the top young examples from 2011 and 2010 I’d tasted recently were wines that dazzled with their youthful exuberance and the interplay between sweetness and acidity, and fruit and mineral flavours, the 1997s at this lineup were thrilling for very different reasons – they were calmer, more understated and delicate, and showing a remarkable range of flavours that kept unravelling with time and air.”
Enjoy your Sunday! I sure hope there is something nice in your glass…