I went into a wine shop yesterday that I have never been to. Ironically it is very close to home and easily accessible, just an older sign and so familiar, I never paid it any attention. I went in to find a very nice selection of old world wines, mainly French. There was also quite a large section of German wines, which I really liked. As I was searching around I realized this was the kind of place that one might be able to find a gem in. A lot of older vintages, tucked away wines, dusty shelves etc. A shop keeper that didn't even suspiciously glance at me as I went into a corner shelf to check out a bottle. I was in heaven after all!
To come to the point, I found a bottle of 1995 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling. Of course I failed to note the producer. I took the bottle up to the counter, rather skeptical at this point, and asked if he thought the bottle could have any life left. His eyes went from foggy to bright very quickly after looking over the label and he quickly snatched the bottle and put it under the counter, remarking that the wine was way over the hill.
The wine was $ 14.99 and honestly, just for the fun of it, I would have spent the money myself. I was just trying to possibly spark up a conversation. He referred me to a nice moderately priced Riesling from the Pfalz, which I am enjoying now.
Did I miss something here? Is he enjoying (rightfully) his Riesling right now? Or was the wine probably over the hill? I have really no knowledge of the Alsace and its classification system. Has it any merit?
Regardless, I am happy to have found a great local place (and so close to home!) to buy nice wine.
The wine he referred me to:
Winegut Eugen Müller 2000 Riesling Kabinett Pfalz 9.0 % vol Gutsabfüllung $9.99
The nose is ripe with subtle fruit and a tone of slate with a backdrop of smoky petrol. The palate is a tad flabby with nice apricot/peach fruit and a ton of slate. The finish starts out crisp but drops quickly at the last second, leaving this wine some how disjointed. Great qualities, I just would have loved to have had a tighter, crisper finish.