Sunday, 6 December 2009

Alexander Laible, Riesling trocken ** 2007

The first time I've tried one of Laible's wines. Alexander Laible is the ARTVINUM young winemaker of the year for Europe, no less.

A petrolly nose which turns increasingly minerally. And the palate follows in the same vein: a mineral core, but then hints of ripe, maybe canned, peach. Quite a chewy texture. The acidity is fruity and refreshing, while the alcohol - at a sensible 12%, given today's tendency to produce 13.5-14% behemoths - is well integrated. And the finish is long. After a while, I can detect honey blossom, or at least something suggestive of honey, although the wine is basically dry tasting.

Very good, and it definitely lives up to the hype.

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