Clean Slate Riesling 2013
Recently I realized that I've been writing about a lot of red wines, so this weekend I set out looking for some white wine writing inspiration. I came across this Riesling from Mosel, Germany and the name immediately resonated with my nerdiness: Clean Slate. Allow me to explain.
Mosel is a steeply sloped region situated around the Mosel River of Germany. These slopes have a high composition of slate, which absorbs heat from the sun and radiates it back to the grapes. This is important to aid the ripening of the Riesling grape, as the region is quite cool. The stone can also add a mineral flavor to the wine. The amount of slate in the soil varies quite a bit throughout the region, which leads to diverse styles of wine. The typical style of a Mosel Riesling is a dry wine with a high acidity and flavors of green apple and stone fruits with floral notes. Riesling has a long ripening season, so cool conditions are ideal to prevent the grape from losing its aromatic intensity and pure flavors. A higher content of slate will give the wine a riper fruit flavor because the additional heat that it provides will allow the grape to develop flavors that are usually achieved in warmer climates, yet the cool climate allows the grape to retain all of its goodness! WINE SCIENCE! Are you as excited as I am?
The Clean Slate Riesling had a high acidity and was dry, although it had a perceived sweetness because of its tropical fruit flavors. It showed notes of green apple, lemon, peach, pineapple, mango, lime, and violet. It was balanced, flavorful, and a good value at $12.99 a bottle. I'll also stand behind any producer that is passionate enough about the direct relationship of soil and quality to name their wine after it. Nice job, Clean Slate!
Clean Slate Riesling 2013: Thumbs up! Great choice for summer. $12.99