Ripe grapes of Riesling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We discovered this medium sweet wine last year at one of our wine tasting classes. At the time I was not a fan of “sweet wines” but thanks to Dr. Loosen and others I have tasted over the last year I can now say that my taste for varied wines continues to develop. Riesling whether sweet or dry truly is the perfect match for spicy or spiced foods. It also pairs beautifully with bold cheeses.
This German Riesling in particular comes from Mosel; one of 13 German wine regions. In terms of output it is Germany‘s third largest and known for its steep slopes facing the Mosel River.
Ürzig/Mosel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is just what the Doctor ordered! [Couldn’t resist that line] The name of course also stuck with me. How many Doctor wines have you come across? Of course now I’ve noticed a few, mostly from Germany.
We drank this wine over two nights which is something I never do. In fact 5 days between the opening and killing of this bottle. Luckily I am glad to report that the wine was delicious on both occasions albeit a little smoother as it aged. I believe this to be due to the sugar content and refrigerated coolness.
On the nose I noted a champagne like aroma that I would describe as yeasty minerality. Scents detected were; green fruits such as apple and it came across as crisp/dry and was straw in color. My palate discovered; honeysuckle, citrus, honey with even pineapple as it warmed in the glass. I would further describe it as having medium body and medium acidity.
At $11.99 retail and after a few purchases I would say this Riesling is a good reliable choice. There are many others in this price range and others I also like, such as; Charles Smith
‘s KUNG FU Girl
[gotta love the name!] and Chateau Ste
Riesling’s. But I will leave those for another sweet day. SALUD!
Online info: Dr Loosen “Dr. L” Riesling
Dr. L Loosen Bros Riesling 2005 (Photo credit: Martin.Boyer)
Crisp, Peach, Citrus, Mineral, Light-bodied
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany- Sourced exclusively from vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil, this wine embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. Displaying snappy peach and juicy citrus fruit highlighted by crisp mineral notes on the complex finish. Great value.
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines.
To achieve this, Ernst dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilization, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilizers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.
Interesting as usual 🙂
I agree with you totally on this post. I have enjoyed the Mosel Saar Ruwer wines since the 70s (and I am glad that the prices remain reasonable) . The Chateau Ste. Michelle has been my little domestic secret for a long time but now thanks to you the cat is out of the bag!
The 70’s? Were you siphoning from your parents liquor cabinet? 🙂 Forgot there for a sec you are much older and wiser than moi. I should have known you’d have knowledge of Mosel Saar Ruwer. See and I didn’t even mention Chateau Ste. Michelle sparkling wines. It’s still our secret. LOL.
We just tasted this wine last week in my wine class – talk about coincidence! Your tasting notes were spot-on with what I noted: honeysuckle, citrus, pineapple. Great palates think alike ;-)Thank you for an informative and well-written post. ¡Salud!
– Pamela (a.k.a. Señorita Vino)
Gotta love it! So cool you just had the same wine. Love your “Great palates think alike”; made my night!
What great timing!!! Last week I saw this wine at Costco, and wondered about it. Now will pick one up the next time there. Interestingly, I prefer reds, but when it comes to whites, Riesling is one of my most favorite whites!
The stars and planets have aligned 🙂 Hope you enjoy it.
Speaking of Doctor’s Rieslings, Malborough (NZ) wine makers The Forrests releases a low alcohol medium-sweet Riesling called The Doctor’s Riesling that is reminiscent of the Kabinett style. It is mineraly with apple, limejuice and honey. Read more at: http://alicethroughthewineglass.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/doctors-riesling-2011-just-what-doctor.html
Thank you so much for the information. Just last week I had a customner ask me about low alcohol wines.
Dr. L Rieslings are the best! A great representation of the varietal 🙂
Glad to hear you enjoy them too. Thank you for the visit and comment!
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Great write up! Given that you like Dr. L’s wines, I suggest looking into Dr. Hermann rieslings. It is a smaller winery from Uerzig. Their basic wine, like this Dr. L. Riesling, is called H Riesling. It is probably a bit harder to get but well worth the effort…I prefer his wines over Dr. Loosen.
Thank you for the visit and the recommendation! Looking forward to finding and tasting Dr. Hermann. Much appreciated.
Dr. Hermann, in my view, is one of the most excellent wineries on the Mosel. Christian, the winemaker, is around 30 and just has so much skill. They list their importer in the US on their website: http://www.weingut-drhermann.de . I think Christian’s father told me that the H should retail around $13. Since they are way smaller than Dr. Loosen, they have much better control over their grapes…which in my view shows in the wines.
Thank you for the link!
Love anything from Dr. L 😉
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