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 Wine Focus - Riesling styles
Arguably the greatest white wine grape and a competitor for top rank regardless of color, Riesling is known for its rare ability to reflect the character of its soil. This month's Wine Focus takes on the Styles of Riesling.
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 Alkoomi 2006 Frankland River Westerm Australia Riesling ($14.99)
Very attractive Riesling mango and pine and a whiff of "petrol" lead into a bold, bone-dry flavor framed by mouth-watering acidity;
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Wine Focus - Riesling styles

Arguably the greatest white wine grape and a competitor for top rank regardless of color, Riesling is known for its rare ability to reflect the character of the soil in which it grows.

In this month's Wine Focus on the WineLovers Discussion Group, we take on "the Styles of Riesling," inviting you to compare and contrast Rieslings from around the world.

From the Rieslings of Germany's Mosel and Rhine valleys - widely considered the gold standard - to Alsace and Austria and on around the world in every region where the Riesling grape is grown, you're invited to taste, think and comment interactively in the civil environment of our online forums.

For a start, I suggest you look over David Bueker's excellent online summary, " Riesling - It's all about style," posted at the top of the Wine Focus forum this month:
http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=19648

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I'll open the discussion with a delicious Riesling we enjoyed over the weekend, one from a rather unexpected source but a very good one.

Alkoomi, a winery in Western Australia's Frankland River region, impressed me tremendously with its 2004 Frankland River Shiraz, a surprisingly elegant red made with a splash of white Viognier in the style of the Northern Rhone.

I'm smitten by the Riesling, too: Very attractive Riesling mango and pine and a whiff of "petrol" lead into a bold, bone-dry flavor framed by mouth-watering acidity. The attractive lime bespeaks Australia, but the structure, acidity and "clarity" of aroma and flavor could stand up well, I think, in a tasting of Alsatian or Austrian Rieslings. My tasting notes are below.



Alkoomi 2006 Frankland River Westerm Australia Riesling ($14.99)

Alkoomi

Clear straw color with a slight greenish hint of brass. Very attractive Riesling aroma, mango and pine; just a whiff of "petrol" develops on the second day in the Stelvin-capped bottle. Medium-bodied texture and bold flavor, bone-dry mango framed by mouth-watering acidity; a lemony snap lingers with mango and a minerally hint of something like slate in a vary long, dry and tart finish. Super food wine, with a deliciously rational 12.5% alcohol. U.S. importer: The Ravensvale Group, Manhasset, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Like Pinot Noir among the reds, Riesling is the white variety that goes with just about everything. It was great with a chicken pilaf with local free-range chicken, onions, garlic and basmati rice.

VALUE: Fine value at this price.

WHEN TO DRINK: Riesling is famously ageworthy, even in affordable bottlings, and the Alkoomi's balance and style - and its sturdy Stelvin-type screw cap - suggest that it could gain real complexity with cellaring. On the other hand, it's delightful now.

WEB LINK:
For a detailed fact sheet on Alkoomi 2006 Riesling, see this Adobe (PDF) file on the winery Website:
http://www.alkoomiwines.com.au/
upload/documents/Alkoomi%20BL%20riesling%202006.pdf

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:
Find vendors and compare prices for Alkoomi Riesling on Wine-Searcher.com:
http://www.wine-searcher.com/
find/Alkoomi%2bRiesling/-/-/USD/A?referring_site=WLP


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