Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Wine for Spring

With sunshine beginning to make a stronger presence each day, and trees and shrubs starting to flower, my thoughts start to turn to lighter wines to drink, and Riesling is at the top of the list.

Right now, we are featuring an older selection by-the-glass from the Ruwer of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer fame in Germany, the 2004 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäus Riesling. This estate is a very old winemaking property, having been a church property for hundreds of years after being established during the era when the Romans were pushing into Germany. The wine displays light, sweet green herbs like verbena and pine needle, with beautiful fruit and a developed character from its ten plus years in the bottle. This wine is an archetype for great German Riesling; it has very low alcohol (9%), a gentle sweetness balanced by dazzling acidity, and a tremendous capacity to age. I remain thankful that one of my first wine loves remains unfashionable. I can pour an incredible world-class wine like this at a price where our guests can have just a glass with their meal without cashing out their stock options. —Jim Rollston, Wine Director