Must-Try Wine of the Week: A.J. Adam Dhron Hofberg Kabinett 2010 Riesling, Mosel, Germany

Just south of Piesport, Germany, lies the steep, south-facing vineyards of Dhron, named for a tributary of the Mosel and virtually unknown. The long-time growers in Dhron have aged, and the younger generation seems unwilling to farm the extremely steep, weathered slate slopes here. Not so with Andreas Adam, who in 2000, resurrected his family’s estate and now farms 3.8 hectares in Dhron as well as Piesport. Adam’s plots in the Hofberg are spread along the hillside, with two parcels planted in the early 1950’s.

Riesling wines are all about the fruit. If you’ve tried domestic riesling, but are new to German Riesling, you have a treat in store for you. This wine is categorized as a kabinett. Germans use a series of terms to describe the levels of sweetness in rieslings, including: kabinett (least sweet); spatlese (slightly sweeter); and auslese (sweet).

Faint yellow in color (some rieslings are almost clear), the nose is filled with lovely ripened apple, golden raisin, honeysuckle, and spice. The palate is packed with gorgeous fruit flavors, with a tasty, almost tart quality to the sweet core of the wine, which finishes with plenty of juicy acidity. This pairs marvelously with spicy foods such as Thai or Vietnamese. But, don’t overlook matching it with sausage, turkey, or chicken. Absolutely delicious now, but will continue to gather complexities if you wish to cellar the wine for awhile. Available locally for about $28, at Wine Exchange, and Hi-Time Cellars.

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