With terms like spatlese, kabinett, auslese, trocken, halbtrocken, combinations of those terms and more, there is a certain learning curve to understanding German riesling — or German wines in general. And those terms all represent different styles of riesling. Being “into riesling” isn’t as simple as being “into cabernet sauvignon” where you can pretty much leave it at that (although some wine nerds will push you for a style there too). If you like riesling you have a plethora of styles to choose from. You may like all of them, or you may have a preference for a specific style. All regions that grow riesling can do different styles, but with Germany you get a consistent taxonomy to the names. Therefore, while there is a learning curve at first, it can help you consistently pick the wines you’re more liable to delight in.
This riesling from G.H von Mumm is a trocken, which means it’s a dry style. And this one http://1000-facts-about-wine.com is bone dry!
The 50° allusion in the name comes from the location of the vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown. It’s from the Rheingau province and the 50th degree of latitude runs through the center of the province.
Orange blossom, lime and mineral aromas give this wine a pleasant nose. The palate is bone dry with mostly mineral and lime flavors, but there is a hint of peach tucked underneath those. The acidity is planetary and the mouth feel is excellent. It finishes with mostly mineral flavors, but a touch of green apple gives it some depth. This is a honestly simple riesling, but quite enjoyable.
Wine: G.H. von Mumm 50° Riesling Trocken