1999 Jakoby-Mathy Kinheimer Rosenberg Riesling – Kabinett

Thought I’d take a break from BC Rieslings and go back to a benchmark, German Mosel.

Medium golden appearance. Ah, the nose! — stone fruit, petrol, slate. A lovely smooth honey-citrus palette with nicely balanced acidity and strong mineral finish. There’s not much more to say; it’s very nice. The lower alcohol content (7.5%) may have something to do with the balance.

This is what I hope some BC Riesling producers are aspiring to, though the French may be more what they’re looking to. The 2007 8th Generation came closest to my ideal; the family is from Germany. It will be interesting to see what the 2008 is like; it has apparently been released so I will search it out.