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    Madrona 1996 Riesling

    High elevation. Great natural acid. Super at age twelve. Very long. Nose of honey and Babcock peach. Match this wine to spicy tuna roll with sweet mustard and tempura flakes.

    California can do world-class Riesling. Not many, and not every year. Still, a handful of producers have proved the potential over decades. The hardship is their best examples are better with six or seven years of bottle age. And consumers just don’t get that concept. The result is a cohort of soda-like, eminently forgettable Rieslings from the rest of the CA pack aimed at the mass market. Riesling should not be a mass market wine. Let the masses drink Pepsi. Or Arbor Mist.

    Wine Tasting Class
           The 1996 Madroña Riesling (winery owned by Stanford Alum, Dick Bush) was tasted in a Varietal Series class, which are held the second Friday evening of each month in Nevada City, CA (see

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    Posted by Mr. Bruce Cass on Feb 16 2010 3:15PM | 0 comments

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    94 Erben-Loosen Urzig Wurzgrtn Spat.

    Beguiling combo - crispness w/ peachy aromatics. Still tight. Light color w/ grn tint. Shrimp dim sum.

          Riesling has never been much favored in the U.S.  Perhaps white and fragrant makes it seem too girly. But Riesling is the quality centerpiece in the homeland of our CA Governor, a man known as the Austrian Oak in his body-building days. And I doubt many 80-yr-olds today would describe the German army during WWII as sissies. So why would German Riesling not be adequately macho for Americans today?

    Bottle-aging German Rieslings, especially Spätlesen from the Mosel.
           At about fifty degrees of latitude, the Mosel Valley has a much shorter growing season than California does at 32 to 38 degrees. Getting grapes ripe consistently in the Mosel involves several tricks, most notably planting one’s vineyard on a south-facing slope ov...

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    Posted by Mr. Bruce Cass on Oct 30 2009 12:08PM | 2 comments