In the mid-19th Century, the Rieslings of Germany had achieved international fame equivalent to the red wines of Bordeaux. L’Ecole: the Restaurant of the French Culinary Institute hopes to capture the glory of these unique and beautiful wines once again with their Riesling week selections. Tthe sixth annual “Riesling Week,” a celebration of the diverse Rieslings from Germany, Austria and Alsace begins Monday, July 26th ending Sunday, July 31st. L’Ecole is offering Riesling enthusiasts a flight of three different German Rieslings, 2 oz each for $20. The flight was carefully selected to reflect the best of the region. The flight selections and a description of each wine are below. L’Ecole of the French Culinary Institute is located at 462 Broadway (at Grand St.) New York, NY for reservations or additional information, call 646.254.7551.
Fritz Hasselbach, Fritz’s Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany 2008
Fritz Hasselbach, the winemaker of the Gunderloch Estate, has started his own project producing high quality wines at an accessible value. He sources his grapes from the Roter Hang (red slope) along the Rhein River which is known for its mineral-rich red slate soil. On the nose, this bright wine shows crisp peach and pear giving way to tart apricot and rain-soaked stones on the palate.
Dönhoff, Nahe, Germany 2009
Helmut Dönhoff has created some of the greatest Rieslings on earth. His 2009 Estate Riesling has a gorgeous smoky nose with a touch of tarragon and mint. It is somehow both dynamic and gentle on the palate. The finish has a salty minerality with vibrant acidity that makes it the perfect food companion.
Alfred Merkelbach, Ürziger Würzgarten, Spätlese, Mosel, Germany 2008
These wines are crafted with the utmost care by brothers Alfred and Rolf giving the clearest look into pure Mosel wine with vivid clarity of fruit and terroir. A vein of red clay runs through Ürziger Würzgarten (spice garden) giving this wine its eponymous spice. This is a racy, juicy wine with some delicate springtime blossom and spiced apple. It is opulent yet refined.