Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Wine Chronicles: Schmitt Sohne Riesling


That is about all I feel like I need to say about Schmitt Sohne Riesling (aka blue bottle Riesling. It is certainly my favorite Riesling, and it got even better when husband brought me this massive bottle of it after a rough week!

I feel like the blue bottle is an amazing marketing tool, because I can never remember the company's name, but everyone knows what I mean when I say blue bottle Riesling!

What is your favorite brand of Riesling?

I am getting back in the habit of exploring some new wines and heading to our local wine tasting on Thursday nights. I went with a friend and enjoyed a few new things this week. Here's what I liked, along with some of the tasting notes...

Adega Condes de Albarei 'Salneval' Albarino 2010
Rias Baixas. Albarino is indigenous to the northwestern region of Rias Baixas that separates Spain from Portugal. This example, 100% Albarino, is straw-yellow in color with pleasant floral aromas and scents of peach and citrus fruit. It is light- to medium-bodied with gentle acid on the palate, good balance and fresh fruit flavors, finishing with great length and an easy-to-drink quality.

Ladera Sagrada 'Papa' Godello 2010
Valdeorras. 100% Godello sourced from estate-grown vines over 25 years-old planted in a vineyard of slate and granite filled with herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano. It fermented with native yeasts and aged in stainless steel without malolactic fermentation. Aromas of melon, spring flowers, mineral, tropical fruits and hints of spice inform the nose that this is a terroir-driven wine. This complex white drinks like a white Burgundy- it is fresh and complex with salty/mineral notes that linger on the balanced, concentrated, and focused finish. 88 Wine Advocate.

Bodegas Enguera 'Flaco' Tempranillo 2010
Madrid. 100% Tempranillo that vinified and aged in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks, 10,000 liter capacity each, to emphasize the pure fruit flavors and youth of the grape. It is ruby red in color with a nose of dark, ripe fruits such as plum, black cherry, and strawberry hints, with notes of spice and dried herbs. On the palate it is gentle with good texture, gentle acid, and red berry flavors. The finish is light with bright, ripe fruit flavors. An incredible value. Flaco means "dude" in English.

I'm sharing these in part so I know what I enjoyed, but also in case you like the details. I bought a bottle of the Flaco for $6.99. Perfection!

Happy Sunday!
Mrs. Jones


  1. I love that Riesling! Wish I could share a glass with you soon..... :)

  2. I haven't tried that brand of Reisling yet!! I love Cupcake's Reisling as well as Chateau Ste. Michelle. Sooo good!

    I wish you lived close enough that we could have wine nights...

  3. This is one of my favs! I always have a bottle in my fridge :)

  4. I adore that brand of Riesling. So good!