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Weingut Kurt Darting 1992 Ungsteiner Herrenberg (Pfalz) Riesling Auslese ($10.99/500 ml)
Clear gold color. Delicious Riesling aromas, apples, peaches, pine and "petrol." Bold and rich, flavors follow the nose. Crisp fresh-fruit acidity provides so much structure that the Auslese-level sweetness passes almost unnoticed. Clean and consistent in a very long finish. Importer: Milton S. Kronheim, Washington, D.C.; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (Oct. 27, 1997)

Reading the German Wine Label
Weingut Kurt Darting Name of the Winery
1992 Vintage
Ungsteiner Herrenberg Vineyard (Einzellage) Confusingly, however, this entry also could represent a group of neighboring vineyards (Grosslage)or even a very large region (Bereich).
Pfalz Region -- this one's on the Rhine.
Auslese Middle of five quality levels based on ripeness level of the grapes. Only wines like this one, made from grapes ripe enough to require no added sugar, qualify for the rating Qualitätswein mit Prädikat (QmP).

German wine with food: Although the conventional wisdom holds that higher-level German wines like this one are too sweet to go well with food, we found no evidence that this is so. This Auslese made a delightful match with a Germanic dinner of pork loin roasted on a bed of sauerkraut with a dash of dark beer; a creamy puree of potatoes and cauliflower; and a dish of cucumbers and thin-sliced onions tossed in yogurt.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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