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Country: Germany  Region: Mosel  Grape: Riesling

The Mosel River begins in the Vosges Massif in northeast France and snakes its way past dramatically steep slopes covered with some of Germany’s most famous vineyards before emptying into the Rhine. The wines of the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, are richly fragrant, pale in color, light-bodied with a lively, fruity acidity. The slaty soil imparts a distinctive taste to Mosel wines, ranging from fine fruity to earthy (or “flinty”). The terraced vineyards along the Mosel are among the most labor intensive and dangerous in the world. Use of modern technology is limited by the geography. The result is the product of patience and tradition to deliver only the finest German Riesling.

Piesporter is a wine named for the historic village of Piesport, with wine vessels possibly dating back to the 4th century found there. The collective vineyard site “Michelsberg” is one of the most well-known names throughout the Mosel Valley. The selection they are offering you this month is pale straw colored, 100% Riesling wine. You will find it light and fresh, with mellowed acidity and a delicious sweetness. Notes of peach and pear are evident on the palate. It is ready to be enjoyed now. Best served chilled (46-50°F) as an aperitif, or with all types of seafood, spicy cuisine, white meats and salads.

Haus AM Markt Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling:

RIESLING GRAPES — A classic German variety, it can, if properly handled, produce a wine of such tremendous fruit-acidity ratio that it is in a different class altogether. Throughout history, the Riesling grape has tested the stamina and patience of German wine grape growers, as it is at its best when clinging to extraordinarily steep inclines. Grown elsewhere, it is not so difficult. It is light in body and low in alcohol, yet has intense flavor. Aged, the finest Rieslings develop a zesty, vivid bouquet, and is one of the most scintillating producers of intensely sweet wines. This selection offers a fine example of that sweetness.

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