Karl Joh. Molitor 2002 Hattenheimer (Rheingau) Riesling Kabinett ($11.00)
This is a clear, pale brass-color wine, light gold with just a glint of green. Characteristic Rhine Riesling aromas blend whiffs of musky canteloupe with luscious mango and tangerine and an attractive piney back note. Light, fresh-fruit sweetness on the palate is nicely balanced with crisp Germanic acidity that builds a firm structure, barely off-dry, with a clean note of the slatey minerality that distinguishes German Riesling just underneath. Cleansing, lemon-squirt acidity lingers in a long finish, making this a delightful wine for quaffing or pairing with a broad variety of foods. US Importer: Victoire Imports Co., San Leandro, Calif. (Aug 22, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Riesling is to white wine as Pinot Noir is to red: It is among the most food-friendly of wines. I'm enjoying this item with a mild artisanal Emmentaler-type cheese from Indiana, but it would fare well with a wide range of fish and seafood, poultry or pork.

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