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August 19, 2005

00 Domaine Marcel Deiss, Riesling Saint-Hippolyte

The residual sweetness is surprising, slightly encumbering the taste and texture of this otherwise pleasant, everyday riesling. As expected, it's really enhanced with food. Great with most cheeses, it'd probably be best with an onion cheesecake or lemon ricotta crostini, complementing--not contrasting--the fat. The aroma is resilient, volatile while still full with thick spiced vanilla, tangerines, and apricots. The palate is not as complex or very long, but just smoky and minerally enough (barely) to keep the sugar from being cloying.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't really find this wine sweet! It was great with an assortment of heirloom tomatoes simply tossed with Long Meadow Ranch olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. The acidity of the tomatoes was very compatible with the oiliness of the riesling. Drinking at its peak 9/1/2005!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

That sounds so good!

We get some great tomatoes at our local farmer's market; I'll give your pairing a try soon. I've been more and more surprised with how well riesling pairs with tomatoes, especially at a time when most people insist on matching them with reds.

Glad to hear you liked the wine. Thank you so much for your tasting note.

9:28 PM  

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