2011 Muller-Catoir, Riesling Trocken, Pfalz, Germany.
Muller-Catoir’s 2011 lineup is an all-star lineup of wines and across the board offers some of the best Rieslings of the vintage, but certainly this entry offering should not be missed as it looks like a lock to be the value wine of the year from the Pfalz. As people come around to dry German wines, we are seeing better and better Trocken available and this 2011 Trocken Riesling is a stunning example with chalky minerals, zesty lime and a brisk crispness that is tingling and refreshing. This Riesling starts with bitter green apple, lime flowers, tangerine and wet stones before a palate of white peach, saline, slate, tangy citrus and hints of tropical essences. This dry Riesling is delicate in detail and has lots of vivid acidity, making it better for lighter cuisine and not spicy Asian faire, but it is so good you’ll find almost any reason to open a bottle, I know I’ll be enjoying this wine when it arrives in the fall of 2012, it should drink nicely for 3-5 years.
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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