Groebe Aulerde Westhofen Riesling

german wine  %tages Groebe Aulerde Westhofen RieslingLast week we reviewed a nice — and very affordable — German riesling from the Rheinhessen province, Fritz’s Riesling.  And tonight we’re checking out another riesling from the Rheinhessen province.
The Weingut Groebe estate was established way back in 1625, so these folks have been building riesling for more than a few years.  You might notice that the marks on these wines say 1763, and that is the year the family started bearing the coat of arms — which is also on their marks.  I’ve always wanted a coat of arms, but no luck for me there.  Oh sure, I’ve gotten the random junk mail tiresome to sell me my “official” family coat of arms, but I’m not that gullible.  In the case of Groebe, the coat of arms is legit.  And it includes the cross of St. Andrew’s in it, which is an ancient Christian character for wine.
But moving further than the coat of arms, I know you’re interested in the wine.  And this particular one is excellent.  Really excellent.  OK, it’s brilliant!

There’s a lot of complexity on the nose of this riesling.  It’s a small bit floral, a small bit mineral and a small bit lemon/lime.  It’s very well balanced and fascinating to smell (yes, I’m nerdy in that way).  The palate is dry and presents a crisp acidity with a myriad of apple, citrus and mineral flavors.  The concentration of the flavors is just right too.  The end is exceptionally long with a tangy citrus aftertaste that is just delightful.
This wine is a link bucks more expensive than the Fritz’s we reviewed last week, but it’s subdue below $20.  And I’d say it’s worth the splurge.
Wine: Groebe Aulerde Westhofen
Variety: Riesling
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13%
Rating:  91
Fee: $17.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.

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