Vino: 2005 JJ Christoffel Riesling Kabinett

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Name: 2005 JJ Christoffel Riesling Kabinett Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany Price: $16.49 to $17.99

Beautiful, soft peach perfume with hints of stone and earthiness, this is a wonderful bottle of Riesling. As I've said before, Riesling is difficult to understand but this wine makes it easier.

First you have the perfumed nose, noticeable but not obvious; like the hint of perfume you smell only when you are close to someone, not the obnoxious aroma of one who has dowsed too much. This is a perfume that makes you want to smell again, each time noticing something different. Then you take a sip and the sweet fragrance you only smelled before compounds, becoming better and different while remaining the same.

In the 2005 JJ Christoffel Riesling, I experienced all of this. A nose like spring with blossom, peach and stone turned into a sip of summer with glorious acidity and sweet, voluptuous fruit. Each sip left me wanting more, while continuing to evolve, change and develop.

As there is a touch of sweetness in this wine it will pair well with something spicy, it is also nice on it's own as an aperitif.

Stores: Astor Wines & Spirits $17.99 (399 Lafayette @ 4th St.), PJ Wine $16.49 (4898 Broadway @ 204th St.)

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