Tasting Notes: Anne de K Riesling

Another spicy shrimp dish, another Riesling. I don't want to tire you out on this combo, but this is the third time we've had this duo and it works pretty great, if I do say so myself. I went to Total Wine on a whim this past weekend and knew we were having our new favorite spicy shrimp dish, so I headed straight for the Alsace area. For those of you that are tired of hearing about Alsatian Rieslings, have no fear... I think I've exhausted Total Wine's affordable selection!

The Facts

  • Producer: Anne de K
  • Region: Alsace, France
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Variety: Riesling
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $14.99
  • Eyes: This wine was a pale, straw yellow color. This is to be expected given the region it's from. We actually did a blind tasting class that had an off-dry German Riesling, and it was much more of a yellow color than the Alsatian Rieslings we've had.
     
  • Nose: There were aromas of pear and apple. It smelled sweeter than I expected, but I think that was my brain playing tricks on me. As I've said before, we associate fruitiness with sweetness, but most fruity wines that I drink are not sweet.
     
  • Mouth: The wine had a prominent apple flavor come through, which is typical of Riesling. It was definitely a dry Riesling, but was fruity. There were also notes of honey, and as expected, there was a minerality to it. The wine was fuller in flavor but less acidic than others I've had. It was still tasty, but I think I lean toward the wines that really give a "zing" of acidity. 
     
  • Thoughts: This Riesling was quite good, especially for the price point. It obviously paired well with the spice in our dinner due to the lower alcohol content. This Riesling was only 12% ABV. I STRONGLY recommend that if you like spicy food, try pairing it with a Riesling. I really think you'll be surprised at how well they go together. I wouldn't say there is a standout among the Rieslings we've had lately, since they've all been good, but this one wins on price point. I have a feeling it will be our go to whenever we have a spicy dish.

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Tasting Notes: Albrecht Riesling Tradition

Remember a while back when I said I went to Total Wine and stocked up on summer wines? This was one of them. How did I pick this one out? No reason other than it is a Riesling from Alsace. Alsace is known for having excellent dry Rieslings, and since French wine has been on the mind of late, it was made for my wine stash! If you want to read more about Alsace, this is a great post by Wine Folly that gives some background on the region. 

Also, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I got a new wine tasting notebook that helps guide through tasting notes. I was super excited to finally put it to use! If you're interested in a notebook to give you tips and help guide you, De Long's is excellent. It's only about $7 and you can find it here on Amazon (YAY for Prime!). 

The Facts

  • Producer: Lucien Albrecht
  • Region: Alsace, France
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Riesling
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $18.99
  • Eyes: This wine was a pale yellow color and was clear. I learned from my journal that a clear wine is what we want as haziness can indicate spoilage in the wine, and no one wants that. 
     
  • Nose: The Riesling had an aromatic nose, specifically it had a strong aroma of yellow apple. There were also some floral notes... it smelled pretty. I also learned what "development" meant in relation to the aroma, and that helps identify the age of the wine. De Long states that a young wine will usually have a fragrance that is characteristic of the grape variety. I would definitely say that apple is characteristic of Riesling, so I went with youthful. This also makes sense given the vintage is 2014, but this trick would help in a deductive or blind tasting scenario.
     
  • Mouth: I got lots of apple or tree fruit and even some white fruit, which includes pear. As is to be expected from Alsace, this Riesling was dry with fresh acidity. It wasn't overly acidic but had enough to give it some oomph. Overall, it just tasted good. The flavor of the wine lingered, but not annoyingly so. To me, this wine felt balanced.
     
  • Thoughts: This was a great Riesling! It was very pleasant and easy to drink, which is important in the summer time. Kevin and I were looking for something to pair with our favorite spicy shrimp dish (recipe is here), so I knew low alcohol was important. This Riesling was the lowest we had on hand at 12% ABV, and it worked great! I enjoyed the playing the fruit of the wine against the spice, too. The price was a little towards the higher-end for an every day choice, but I was definitely not disappointed by the wine's flavor considering the cost.

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