2012 Weingut Muller-Catoir “M-C” Riesling, Trocken, Pfalz Germany.
The M-C Trocken is a tangy Riesling with lots of zesty acidity and is wonderfully refreshing, a perfect summer wine from Muller-Catoir, one of the great estates in Germany, located in the Pfalz. I love everything from this winery, from dry Muscat “Muskateller” to sweet Scheurebe, but of course it’s their Riesling that really get the juices flowing and their dry styles are some of the best there is. The Pfalz provides a unique terroir, it’s rolling hills and limestone make it very different than the Mosel, Rhein or Nahe river wines that are all on mostly slate soils and quartzite, this highlights the Pfalz fruit and texture, it is more like Burgundy in many ways, though with a German feel. The latest M-C Riesling from Muller-Catoir the 2012 is a zippy light bodied dry wine with chalky minerals, high toned citrus and stone fruits that has fine cut and tons of energy starting with bright intensity, it shows grapefruit, white peach, lime, tangerine and green apple layers along with, wet stones, a cool steely streak, white tea, tropical notes and salty/briny elements. This is a driving and lip smacking Riesling that screams for oysters! At least that is what I was hearing, but also is a mouth watering treat on a hot day, this is seriously dry and leaves a big pucker, it is for Riesling fans and acid freaks, enjoy!
($26 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($25.95)