Cute packaging belies the surprising depth to this Riesling. It’s remarkably balanced, with an array of mineral, floral and fruit dimensions. Juicy, with preserved peach flavors and zippy lemon acidity, it’s a thirst-quenching, solid pick from the Pfalz.— A.I.
Fresh apple and pear aromas are touched with honey and saffron on this dry, easy drinking Riesling. Juicy peach and apple flavors are ripe on the palate, but fringed with a bristle of lemon zest and acid that reverberate on the finish.— A.I.
From a Pfalz cooperative, this is a strong effort at a bargain price. It’s not the most complex Riesling, but its aromas of cinnamon-dusted apples are followed by refreshing off-dry flavors of apple and melon. Imported by Palm Bay Imports.— J.C.
The Blue Fish Rieslings are decent efforts from the Niederkirchen cooperative. The 2009 Sweet Riesling features ripe pear and melon balanced by crisp pineapple notes. It’s rather soft and sweet, but since that’s what it’s supposed to be, it’s hard to quibble, especially at the price.— J.C.
Light in body despite 12.5% alcohol, this lithe, sinewy Riesling is almost dry in style, with zippy pineapple and citrus fruit tracing a lean path down the palate. Drink now.— J.C.
Blue Fish’s Original Riesling is a medium-bodied, off-dry wine in modern packaging. It’s broader and less acidic than most Pfalz Rieslings, coating the mouth with hints of vegetable oil and citrus, then falls away quickly on the finish.— J.C.
Broad and mouthfilling, with citrusy overtones to the ripe nectarine fruit and talcum-powder-like minerality. It’s not sweet enough to really be a dessert wine, but might pair well with Hunan or Szechuan dishes.— J.C.
The extra residual sugar in this wine helps round out the midpalate, giving it a minor leg up over the Blue Fish Estate Bottled Riesling. Melon and apple flavors pick up a hint of anise, finishing clean and fresh.— J.C.