1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter, Riesling, Graacher Himmelreich, Kabinett, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany.
This little Mosel Kabinett from Max Ferd. Richter is still drinking delightful at 22 years old and is an easy and affordable way to see how mature Riesling tastes, especially as it is still available through regular channels, as a current stock item in Shiverick’s import catalog, in case you wanted to have your local merchant to order some. I am a Riesling freak I admit, but honestly these wines are wonderful and interesting, again I have to mention that Riesling gives a huge bang for the buck. The 1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich is showing a touch of age now with aromas of bees wax, wilted rose petals, dried pineapple, hints of mineral, mint and petrol spice leading to a dry palate of pear, peach and nectarine with hints of honeyed lime, tangerine and verbena along with wet stones, clove, white tea and candied orange rind. While dry there is a creamy quality developing as the acidity looses it’s edge, this a fun and sound old Riesling that still can be had on the cheap!
($18-20 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive