Sometimes, you have to save a wine for a special occasion. Unfortunately, often those occasions don’t live up to the hype.
Hello New Year’s Eve.
This time, however, the occasion was perfect. The wine was enhanced by the when and how I drank it.
Now we have talked about the flavours in old wine. We have also discussed the difference between dry and off dry wines.
I really like off dry Riesling. I love dry Riesling. I really like new Riesling. I love old Riesling. I am captivated by old dry Riesling.
If old dry Riesling was a woman, Anne would have a lot to worry about.
So this 2007 Domdechant Werner Riesling was from Rheingau Germany and had a fairly high alcohol percentage (alas, I do not have that detail in my notes, but assume between 11 and 13%). So we know it is dry. It is from 2007, so we know it is old.
I wanted to drink this wine on a hot summer’s day. Unfortunately, the weather where I live, did not cooperate for weeks. However on July 1st, Canada Day, it was 35 degrees Celsius (that’s 95F) and sunny.
Unfortunately, Anne is a sucker for farmer’s markets. They can not have any food and have the same things week in and week out yet she still wants to go every week. If they had them everyday, or we lived in Portland, Anne may have to go to Farmer’s Markets Anonymous. So on this perfect day for drinking my Riesling, Anne dragged me down to the farmer’s market and we looked around. Mercifully after that was over, she suggested going to a bar for a drink. I countered that we should go home and open the Riesling.
I couldn’t have been more right.
We got some folding chairs and set up on the grass beside our condo in the sun and opened the Domdechant Werner. Obviously, old wines always have old corks.
You know how it’s said that old men are not as strong as they once were? The same can be said for old corks. The cork on this bottle absolutely disintegrated. I would have had more luck using my corkscrew on the sand of a wet beach then on this cork.
So what is a guy to do? I smashed the cork into the bottle and ran the wine through a strainer. Problem solved. Albeit not in an ideal fashion. Some textures aren’t supposed to find their way into your wine. We did, however, decide that day to pick up an Ah So corkscrew opener for such an occasion.
The Riesling Review
The wine had great acidity, it was racy as they say. It smelled of wet flint with a little petrol in there. The petrol disappeared on the palate, but the flint came through great. The wine had a long finish and so you could just sip it slow.
However, when it is 35 degrees out and you are sipping white slowly, it warms up. So we put some whiskey stones in to keep it cool. It made it harder to swirl and made flint and stone flavours seem like they came from the soap stone (they didn’t), but they kept the wine cold and didn’t dilute this precious gem.
Even better, two of our friends came over. One appreciates wine, the other likes wine, but the good stuff is wasted on him. So we shared with one and the other had a beer. That’s very much in line with my theory on sharing wine with those who appreciate it.
I would definitely recommend this wine. Just get the Ah So opener first.
Winery: Domdechant Werner
Wine Type: White Wine
Subregion: Hochheim am Main