Price Range: $24–$30
- Ready to Drink: 4 years after bottle vintage
- Great recent vintages in German Riesling: 2007°, 2009°, 2011°, 2012° °=all-time great vintage
Region: Mosel, Germany
Germany is home to both the greatest Rieslings in the world and wines with the hardest names to remember ever. The 2008 MONCHHOF Urzig Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese is no exception. It’s also fantastic. For the uninitiated, if you can get past the intimidation factor of its lengthy name, I promise you, you’ll be hooked on German Riesling forever. Notes of peach marmalade explode for a sumptuous mouthfeel, the finish lingers like plaintive woodwinds singing in Mahler’s First Symphony. Expressive . . . symphonic . . . Romantique. -J.M.
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