2017 Cantina LaVis Classic Riesling
A DRY Riesling of “elegance, finesse and Trinkfreudigkeit!”
Yes, I know, I love the word Trinkfreudigkeit. As a native German speaker translated to me, Trinkfreundigkeit is a noun describing the happiness one feels when drinking (ideally something delicious). Basically, perfect on the back of a Team Waterford T-shirt.
“But yoo-hoo there Waterford, maybe it’s time to pump the brakes a little bit,” you say – “and explain what this DRY Riesling speaking German from Italy all about.”
So glad you asked (and if you’ve heard all this pitter-pattern before, just jump to the bottom – ultimate CellarDefender price going on):
First, DRY Riesling. Many amongst us assume Riesling is synonymous with sweetness. And for darn good reason – lots of Riesling IS sweet. But Riesling is a grape, not a state of chemical solution. As a grape, it’s just like every other wine grape, you can extract the juice and leave the liquid sweet, or ferment it dry, or something in between. This Riesling is DRY, it’s fermented to a point far below 5 g/L of residual sugar (the point where humans can’t taste sugar anymore). Doubt me? Just of Zinfandel. For a long time everyone assumed Zinfandel was sweet – a la “white Zin.” But most ambidextrous imbibers now understand it comes in multiple colors and styles.
Second, Italians speaking German – crazy, isn’t it? Up in northeastern Italy, high up into the Alps, there is a part of Italy which actually used to be Austrian. Specifically, the Sud Tyrol, of the Austro-Hungarian empire, when it existed. Through two World Wars (and some repressive Italian governments), the Sud Tyrol became, or is also known as, the Alto Adige. Here, they look German, speak German, and make wines from German (and Italian) varieties, hence the language.
Why does all this matter? Because here is a Riesling of elegance, finesse and superb drinking.
A beautiful water-spring like minerality, a fresh scent of Austrian hillsides, and a clarity and precision on the palate. It’s not quite the “pineapple spritz” ripeness describe above — that must have been from the very ripe 2009 vintage. Here it’s more mineral than fruit, less ripe and more tightly woven. In essence, for those of you who love dry Riesling, this one hits a perfect pitch and delivers a darn tasty wine. Translation: Trinkfreudigkeit.
And now, the price.
Yup, it’s cheap. Why? Short answer is the importer wants it gone. Longer answer might be that not a lot of people have exposure to gorgeous dry Riesling from Italy made by people who are Germanic. That’s a special breed of sauce.
But hey, you know that Waterford loves helping delicious wine into happy homes. We snatched up all that we could at a great discount. And that discount should be yours!
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