At first, the wine smells discreetly of autumn, with aromas of ripe Fuji apples, honeyed ginger, and dried apricots moving in and out of the background as the nose evolves in the glass. Later, sun-warmed white peaches, lime blossoms, and crystallized honeycomb emerge, sometimes alternating with yellow freesia, coriander seed, (and if you’re old enough to remember it, a fleeting suggestion of the smell of a freshly opened tin of Callard and Bowser® butterscotch).
On the palate, the wine is stunning: mouthfilling, chiffon textured, and just off-dry, with orange crème brûlée, grilled pineapple, and white peaches, all comingled with wet slate; the discreetly perceptible sweetness in languid harmonic tension with firm, ripe acidity. The overall impression is one of fine creamy elegance. And the finish goes on forever.
About this wine producer: Weingut Ratzenberger is in the beautiful town of Bacharach-Steeg on the left bank of the Rhine, about a half-hour from the Frankfurt airport. It’s our favorite first stop in Germany. The guest apartment is one of the most comfortable places we stay, with the view through the bedroom window dominated by a wall of Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) vines marching up the towering Steeger St. Jost.
Super creamy; honey-apricot taste, mineral tang without feeling sweet or heavy.