Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling; better with food

Don’t let the title fool you, this wine rocked on it’s own, but the Wiemer 2008 “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling ($36) is definitely a food wine. I tasted the wine originally at TasteCamp, where I bought a couple of bottles to bring home with me. I’m glad I bought two, wish I had bought more, but I couldn’t resist popping one open the other night. I hope I can hold on to the other one for a few years because I would love to see how this ages. Megan had made a mushroom, broccolini, carmelized onion and Piave cheese Quiche, that I thought the Magdalena would sing with, so I popped it open. I was right, the richness of the quiche was a perfect pairing for the acidity and complexity of the Riesling.  The flavor profile matched my notes from TasteCamp, but I didn’t note the acidity to be quite as high. (for the reason in the previous sentence, plus it was compounded with the acidity of the previous 5 wines)

The specifications for the 08 Magdalena aren’t up on on the Wiemer website, as the wine wasn’t exactly released yet. I do know it’s 100% Riesling that is all estate grown.

The wine provides lots of tropical undertones, with the addition of kiwi notes and a splash of fresh squeezed limeade. Great acidity, perfect for rich dishes, great slate/stone minerality and a bit of a chalky note on the back of the palate with a touch of green banana at the finish.

If you are a Riesling fan, definitely seek this wine out.

Cheers!

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  1. John –

    I think I can address one of your questions about aging. At a recent dinner, we opened an Alsatian Riesling, a Riesling from Pfalz, and a 2005 Wiemer Reserve Riesling. The Wiemer turned out to be 100% Magdalena Vineyard fruit, so it was essentially the first single-vineyard bottling of Magdalena the winery has ever done.

    It was spectacular, very much like your notes suggest, but with added weight and more luscious tones. The profile is right there for aging, and it seems that 5 years brings it to a gorgeous place. There were no diesel notes, so if you dig that aged profile that carries petrol and sweet almond, it’ll take a bit more aging.

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