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Sorentberg Riesling Rotschiefer 2014

Sorentberg - Mosel-Saar-Ruhr - Germany
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Winery: Sorentberg

Varietal: Riesling

The pale skinned fruits of the Riesling grapevine have been grown in and around Germany's Rhine Valley for centuries, and contributed much to the country's wine culture. Today, Riesling grapes are grown and processed in several countries around the world, where they are prized for their ability to grow well in colder climates, and their unique flavors and characteristics. Riesling grapes produce an impressive array of wines, including fine semi sweet and dessert wines, to excellent dry white wines and sparkling varieties, all which allow the grape to shine through as a premier example of an excellent white wine varietal. One of the things which makes Riesling such a special grape is the fact that it is highly 'terroir expressive', meaning that the features of the land it is grown on can come across well in the flavors and aromas in the wine. As such, it isn't unusual to find flavors of white stone, or smoky ash-like notes in a fine Riesling alongside the more usual orchard fruit flavors more commonly associated with good white wines.

Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruhr

In the heart of Germany's historic and beautiful Rhineland sits the wonderful wine region of Mosel-Saar-Ruhr, home to Germany's finest and most distinguished white wines. In Mosel-Saar-Ruhr, the vineyards which cover the incredibly steep valley-sides hold a wide range of white wine grape varietals, however, it is the Riesling grapes of this particular region which have given it such fame over the years. Supposedly originally planted by the Romans, while they stopped on their way to France, Mosel-Saar-Ruhr's vineyards are truly ancient, and are the providers of many of the country's most famous wines, some of which are capable of aging for impressively long periods. The Riesling wines of Mosel-Saar-Ruhr are somewhat more floral than those found elsewhere in Europe, and have a level of crispness and dryness which makes them stand head and shoulders above the Riesling wines elsewhere in the world.

Country: Germany

As in many Old World countries, the rise of viticulture in Germany came about as a result of the Roman Empire, who saw the potential for vine cultivation in the vast flatlands around the base of the Rhine valley. Indeed, for over a thousand years, Germany's wine production levels were enormous, with much of the south of the country being used more or less exclusively for growing grapes. Over time, this diminished to make way for expanding cities and other types of industries, but Southern Germany remains very much an important wine region within Europe, with many beautifully balanced and flavorful German wines being prized by locals and international wine lovers alike. The hills around Baden-Baden and Mannheim are especially noteworthy, as these produce the high end of the characteristic semi-sweet white wines which couple so perfectly with German cheeses and pickled vegetables. However, all of Germany's wine producing regions have something special and unique to offer, and are a joy to explore and experience.