Schloss Schonborn Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005 Tasting Notes
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Schloss Schonborn Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Riesling Kabinett 2005 Tasting Notes

This young off-dry $15 German Riesling Kabinett from the Rheingau sent my mouth off into a dozen enjoyable yet conflicting areas; without the sweetness, I can only imagine the effect of the abiding acidity. Citrus, green apple, white peach and pineapple promote themselves in a mineral substrate, with some pleasant effervescence.

I needed not just food with this wine, but multiple courses, in fact multiple wines, yet I assessed it a capella. I can feel its place in the scheme of things, however, and I want to explore this vineyard further, I mean literally, scurrying about on those cliffs overlooking the river.


Verdict: Inviting
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