Up to this point I’ve been focusing on red wines. That’s not because there is no place in the cellar for whites, it’s just that inexpensive whites tend to not have the ability to age particularly well.
The $2500 Cellar, Part 3
Wrapping up with German Riesling, Portugese reds and Cabernet
Red wines have tannins and acid to help them evolve in the bottle, white wines generally have to rely on acid alone, though in some cases sugar does come riding to the rescue! That’s not to say sugar is required. We’ll get into more age worthy whites next time, for under $30, there are not too many wines that fit the bill.
German Riesling not only does just that, generally at the gently sweet Kabinett level, but it also lets you experience the style and quality of the very top producers for this modest sum. These are great wines to enjoy on release, but also they really evolve well, drying with age and developing a myriad of complexities as the fruit slowly recedes behind mineral and savory notes. I can’t think of another region that offers this sort of value from its top producers!
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