Personified German rieslings, if there was such a thing, would probably be an ice queen, distant but ravishing.
The wine is solemn and grave. When relaxed, it exudes tremendous beauty and resilience. Just look at photos of the Mosel vineyards. Grown best on slated terroirs, the most celebrated vineyards are sloped up to 65 degree incline. You can just imagine, the vines standing tall, their tendrils whipping as the bitter winds ceaselessly rush through the valleys. To perfect the distinct perfume of noble riesling, their roots must grasp dearly onto slate, producing the most alluring and delightful liquids (well, for me at least). These are austere wines, with sharp acidity that slits through your palette and leaves your mouth watering for more. Like a cruel lover, it bites, then soothes you with honey floral embraces, caressing your singed soul forever with mineral kisses.
Both from GDV
Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle 2008 Spatlese, Nahe, Germany 8.5% alc. vol $300
Egon Muller-Scharzhof 2008 Riesling, Mosel, Germany 10.5% alc. vol $350