Get Out of Your Wine Rut!
Matt and I recently enjoyed this ‘gem’- a 2010 Riesling Eiswein made by Selbach, imported by Terry Theise. This delicious dessert wine reminded me that in the hustle and bustle of the business we sometimes forget to sit back and simply enjoy wine. We didn’t have the Eiswein with food, but consumed it with friends and conversation, while we let the wine speak for itself.
Although the Selbach is quite age-worthy and could lie in a cellar for decades, it is also approachable and delicious in its youth. In the glass it is deep golden-yellow in color and very viscous, sticking to the edges with long, thick ‘legs’. The aroma is alluring and inviting with notes of sweet and savory honeycomb, citrus blossom, beeswax, and spring herbs and flowers followed by a silky, thick and textured palate that, yes, does offer sweet qualities, but is also balanced with bright and bracing acidity that will mellow in years ahead.
As the wine warmed up, the scent became more pungent and the aroma and flavor seemed to become one. In fact, just while thinking about it, I can smell, taste and feel it in my mouth; every little detail is coming back to life.
If you find that you too are in a wine ‘rut’, I encourage you to step outside the box and challenge your palate with something you don’t normally drink. You might be just as surprised as I was!