Thursday, January 20, 2005

3 Riesling: Canada, France, Australia

ANNIE'S LANE RIESLING 2002, South Australia, Australia, 12.0%, #937086 $18.95

My notes: Golden straw colour with a characteristic petrol nose with fresh lavender and orange peel. Dry in the mouth with noticeable pear and grapefruit - a short finish but the dryness lasts. An OK sipper or with lightly flavoured seafood dishes. Harvey Steiman (Wine Spectator) gives this an 89 Vintages release July 28, 2004 (2003 vintage).

LAKEVIEW CELLARS ESTATE RIESLING 2003, Niagara, Canada, 12.3%, #307157 $10.95

My notes: Light straw colour; no petrol but a lime and green apple peel nose. Stimmell says "very aromatic sweet green apple, honey, petrol and citrus aromas; dry, rich, ripe honeyed, baked apple fruit flavours; persistent finish. Rating of 89. " I wouldn't say 'very' or 'rich' but a nice blend of apple and citrus flavours mingling with light acidity. The flavours lingered on the tongue. An OK sipper or with white fish, creamy dishes; lightly spiced entrees; - salmon or ham steaks would drown the delicate flavours. This is a General listing.

MUEHLFORST HUNAWIHR RIESLING 1999, Alsace, France, 12.0%, $16.50

Golden straw colour with a very appealing petrol and floral nose worth the wait as it develops in the glass. Opimian describes this as a "Fabulous example of the steely, crystal-cut flavours of the riesling grape. .... richness of the fruit is intertwined with aromas of ripe pineapple and orange." My notes: A bit over-the-top... Some mineral side notes with pineapple and lime differentiates this from the others. Sip or with seafoods, sushi, or chinese (not sechuan). If the others are 89 this is 90. Available from the Opimian Society.

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