2011 Schlossgut Diel, Riesling “Dorsheim Goldloch” Kabinett, Nahe, Germany.
Diel makes an array of fantastic wines from the Nahe region and has been a leader in making a modern dry Riesling for a few years now, but I found this lush Kabinett to be one of my favorites of their impressive lineup of 2011 Rieslings. Schlossgut Diel also makes a stunning Rose of Pinot Noir as well, which I also sampled recently and the delicacy in the winemaking shows throughout the collection of fine and pretty wines made by Armin and Caroline Diel. I must admit my first impressions of Diel wines were of severe wines, but now I have come to see the artisan craft and style they are, Riesling is a continuing educational journey for me and these 2011 Diel wines are pure heaven in the glass. The 2011 Dorsheim Goldloch shows bright floral tones, candied citrus, mineral spice and peachy fruit with tasty lime and apricot gaining momentum on the fresh palate. This wine has refined acidity that keeps this tense, but allows the fruit shine and a touch of sweetness feels just right and heightens the whole experience. Hints of white tea, slate and passionfruit add to the complexity and at 8.5% Alcohol it can be really enjoyed liberally. This wine is set to be released in the Fall of 2012.
($37 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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