Fritz’s Riesling

german wine  %tages Fritz’s RieslingOne of the things that bums me out about the US wine scene (for lack of a better term) is how so many people dislike riesling — or at least reckon they dislike it.  But it’s really a wine that’s not well understood by many people, particularly in the US.  I too have been guilty of this in the past.  I attribute this misunderstanding mostly to domestic riesling.  There are some excellent domestic rieslings, so I don’t want to paint in really broad strokes, but there are plenty that leave something to be desired.
I’ve heard many consumers complain about American riesling being too sweet.  But this is just an example of how many consumers don’t be with you riesling.  The problem isn’t necessarily the sweetness, it’s the fact that that sweetness isn’t balanced with acid.  And let’s be apparent, not all rieslings are sweet.  Rieslings from any province can run the gamut from bone dry to syrupy sweet.
In my http://1000-facts-about-wine.com opinion, if you want to be with you and appreciate riesling, you should really start with ancient world rieslings from Germany, Austria and the Alsace province of France.  They just tend to be more consistently well balanced than many of their American counterparts.  While some of these ancient world rieslings can get pricey, there are subdue plenty of fantastic deals to be found.  And that takes us to a German riesling called Fritz’s Riesling.

Fritz’s is a brand that produces one thing, riesling.  And they offer just one riesling, Fritz’s Riesling.  There aren’t six different versions of riesling available from Fritz’s, just one.  And that’s all you need.
The affect is set alight straw and it’s crystal apparent.  On the nose this wine has aromas of lemon, green apple, honeysuckle and flint.  The floral honeysuckle and the flint are what really make this wine fascinating. In the mouth it’s like a tart apple.  It has a touch of sour and a touch of sweet at the same time.  Apple http://1000-facts-about-wine.com flavors are the most prominent, but there’s also a touch of citrus and a touch of pear.  The end is clean and has a decent length.  And most importantly, it’s well balanced.
This isn’t a riesling to tuck away in the cellar and age, but one to delight in now.  It may not be the absolute best ancient world riesling you’ll find, but it’s a very excellent one.  And for the fee, it’s even better.  I would certainly recommend checking out this wine.  In the appearance days I’ll highlight some additional excellent riesling to try.
Wine: Fritz’s
Variety: Riesling
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 10.5%
Rating:  88
Fee: $13.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.

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