Schaefer never disappoints and even this estate Riesling is a heck of a bottle for 16 bucks. Really rich, complex and typical Riesling aroma and then guava and apple and more honey on the palate. My only complaint is that the wine could use a little more acidity to offset the lingering sugar on the finish but hey, this is entry level wine and way better than it needs to be.
2009 Basic German Riesling Tasting: I liked the subtlety and harmony of the nose, and the faint sponti whiff that darted in and out, and that the palate was so well balanced, although very much off-dry. It was clean and pure, and just delicious. Rubén thought it was a classic wine in the off-dry style of the Mosel. He said that it wasn't terribly concentrated, but he liked the vibrancy and focus, and he found that it improved over the course of the evening. Eric felt that it had good presence, texture, focus, balance, and acidity, and that it was simply very pleasing. He said that it was the most complete wine of the tasting. Stephen enjoyed the contrast between the fresh tart nose and the sweetness of the palate, and he thought it was a well-done wine. He did say, however, that there was something that bothered him about the midpalate, that it was a bit glossy, too giving, not enough cut.
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