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2008 Zilliken Butterfly Riesling 

Mosel, Germany

$20 Retail

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For the uninitiated, Butterfly is a good introduction to Riesling. The grapes come from a 26-acre family-owned estate that dates back to 1742. Wines are fermented and matured in German oak in the winery's cavernous and humid cellar. The result is a focused wine with a nice balance of off-dry sweetness and herbal notes. It offers complex aromas of white peach, apple and pink grapefruit, followed on the palate by flavors of stone fruit, orange with distinct minerality and acidity. Drink it with seafood dishes, sushi, foie gras, and Asian, Cajun and spicy cuisines. Buy it at: W.I.N.O. Drink it at: Apolline, Cafe Adelaide, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse and Broussard's. — Brenda Maitland


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