Learn About Riesling
Sleek and tangy could describe your wine style, Riesling, if it wasn’t for your whimsical nature. You also have been described as a delicate and fruity wine, but that seems more than a little contradictory to someone who finds a high impact viscosity steeped in the honey notes of your dessert varietals.
You are the mineral, green apple of blue slate at some corners of the earth and the peachy smoke of red slate at others. Spice and pineapple born of sandy loams and mango and other tropical fruits of volcanic soils.
The fact is, you can be all of these things, Riesling; it’s where you take up root in the wine world that explains your varied flirtations.
You have a vivacity and charm in a virtual kaleidoscope of flavors, which along with your high acid profile will make you a long-lived wine variety, Riesling. While your grapes ripen to high sugar levels you compliment this with low alcohol content. A wine lover would not call you power-packed, but this is due to the amount of residual sugar added to balance your tantalizing acidity.
Because of your flexible nature, Riesling, you survive well in both warm and cool climates. In cooler areas you tend to be more reserved, however. Perhaps a little lean and light-bodied. You have a crispness and tang to you with flavors of citrus and green apples.
In warmer climes you laze about opulent and rich, and a little sweet. A full-bodied smoothness with low acidity possesses you and it’s not unlikely to be reminded of lychee nuts and tropical fruits in your presence.
While you have been known to be prolific in warm climates, Riesling, your wine grapes actually thrive in colder regions. Budding in late spring is more than appealing to you as you can avoid any chance of frost damage. You take great pride in your ability to ripen late in the fall, which allows you to enjoy a long growing season with high sugars and abundant yields.
You are not much one for oak barrels and prefer the more neutral vessels of stainless steel and cement, but that’s not to say you won’t consider oak if it is old enough. Young oak would simply rob you of your multi-faceted aromatics and fruit flavors.
There are many grape varieties that would seek to usurp your popularity, Riesling, and take it for their own. Not complacent to let this happen you have adopted the names White Riesling and Johannisberg Riesling to distinguish you from your fraudulent assailants.
A list of these masqueraders is as follows:
- Grauer Riesling aka Ruländer (Pinot Gris)
- Gray Riesling aka Trousseau aka Chaucé Gris
- Emerald Riesling aka a Muscadelle du Bordelais and Riesling cross
- Cape Riesling, Paarl Riesling and Clare Riesling aka Crouchen Blanc
- Italian Riesling aka Walschriesling
- Schwarz Riesling aka Pinot Meunier
Because you outweigh these impersonators in both quality and sound genetics, Riesling, it’s no wonder you are the noblest of the noble grapes.
- Cool Climates
- Lean, Reserved, Light-bodied
- Crisp, Tangy, High Acidity
- Dry to Sweet
- Citrus Fruits, Green Apples
- Warm Climates
- Opulent, Rich, Full-bodied
- Fat, Round, Smooth, Low acidity
- Dry to Sweet
- Lychee Nuts, Tropical Fruits
Apple | Peach | Passionfruit | Lime | Lemon Curd | Pineapple | Apricot | Grapefruit | Kiwi | Mango | Orange Blossom | Honeysuckle | Jasmine | Hyacinth | Iris | Linden Blossom | Lychee Nut | Ginger | Fennel | Tarragon | Talc | Slate | Minerals | Flint | Honey | Toasted Pine Nuts