Category Archives for "2010"

Oct 06

Carl Sittmann 2010 Riesling

By Louise | 2010 , Germany , Riesling , Sweet , White Wine , Wines I'm Neutral About

carl sittmann riesling 2010Just pulled this cool looking bottle out of my fridge (the color on my iphone photo is a bit off – the bottle is actually a very vibrant blue). 

Another Friday night and another German Riesling!  This Carl Sittmann Riesling is pretty common in the US, and it’s pretty cheap.  The 2011 vintage is only $9.99 at Gary’s  Wine.

Sadly, the wine quality matches the price!  It’s not bad, but not great either.  There’s a faint floral smell with a sweetish taste.  It’s not super sweet, but definitely not dry.  The main problem is there’s just not much other taste…

My verdict?  A cheap sweet swirl in the mouth is all you’ll get out of this one.  It’s especially disappointing considering you could get a great Riesling for around $20  (e.g., Gunderloch).  But if you’re looking for an easy-to-drink cheap sweet wine, then this is it!

Jun 26

2010 Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland “Urstuck” Riesling Feinberg

By Louise | 2010 , Germany , Riesling , White Wine , Wines I Like

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I was at Terroir Wine Bar last week with friends and asked the bartender for an off-dry Riesling like the Gunderloch I love so much.  He recommended this Feinherb (which actually means “off-dry” i.e., a tiny bit sweet), which was delicious.  It was a reasonably crisp wine with a delicious understated sweetness.  The fruit wasn’t overpowering.  Overall, very enjoyable easy drinking.

Mar 10

Gilbert Picq 2010 Chablis

By Louise | 2010 , Burgundy , Chablis , Chardonnay , France , White Wine , Wines I'm Neutral About

photo(35)This is a very typical Chablis.  It has hints of green apples, minerals, and citrus fruits in the nose and has a very crisp, rather acidic taste, and a medium to long finish.

I wanted to point out one key fact about Chablis.  Chablis is NOT a type of grape!  Chablis is actually a region in Burgundy, France.  The grapes produced from that region are mostly of the chardonnay grape varietal.  That’s why this wine tastes a bit like a Chardonnay.  However, unlike many Chardonnays, most Chablis tend not to have oaky tastes (i.e., they are not produced in oak barrels).  They also don’t have that vanilla, buttery taste and smell that’s sometimes associated with Chardonnays.

Chablis are noted for their acidity and crispness.  If you want to know what a typical Chablis tastes like, then this one is a great example for not that much!  I picked it up from Astor Wines for $20.

Dec 23

Carl Graff Riesling Kabinett 2010 from Mosel, Germany

By Louise | 2010 , Germany , Riesling , Uncategorized , White Wine , Wines I Like

Graff Reisling Kabinett 2010 from Mosel

I needed to buy a bottle of wine to meet the minimum for a credit card transaction at my local wine store, and so I fell back on some German riesling.  I felt like the chances were that it’d taste ok. 

I knew that it was going to be a sweet wine (the low alcohol percentage of 8% gave it away pretty quickly), but I didn’t realize it was going to be literally sugar water with some alcoholic buzz. 

It’s definitely not a great riesling – it’s not fruity and has no real “taste” except for sweetness, but that’s actually appealing to some drinkers (I used to be one of those drinkers!).  Personally, although I like my sweet rieslings, I’ve grown to enjoy a greater variety of flavors, especially delicate fruity flavors.  But, for $12.99 from the wine store on 9th Ave between 36th and 37th in New York, it’s not bad (I couldn’t have expected too much more to be fair!).

Note:  the price is lower in many other stores ($8.45 at Empirewine.com and $10.99 at Astor Wines), which makes this a pretty cheap German riesling.