Gunderloch 2001 "Jean-Baptiste" Rheinhessen Riesling Kabinett ($12.99)
Gunderloch uses the "Jean-Baptiste" label, an allusion to a character in the German dramatist Carl Zuckmayer's play "The Jolly Vineyard," to denote the wines it considers particularly typical of the Rhine. This one seems to fit. Very pale in color, transparent straw with a hint of brass, it offers typical Rhine Riesling aromas of musky melon with a snappy citric whiff of lime. Its soft and sippable is focused on pears and apples, a hint of fresh-fruit sweetness nicely balanced by crisp acidity. US Importer: Rudi Wiest, Cellars International Inc., Carlsbad, Calif. (Sep 8, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with alder-smoked salmon over pasta.



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