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2011 August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 

Rheingau, Germany

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$12-$15 Retail

Riesling grapes comprise 80 percent of the south-facing hillside vineyards rising above the Rhine River in Rhinegau, one of Germany's most distinguished wine-producing regions. Mild climate, warm summers and porous rocky soils create optimal growing conditions. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks preserves the character of the terroir in this dry riesling by August Kesseler. In the glass, it offers delicate aromas of apple, lemon rind and a hint of peach. On the palate, taste lime, touches of lemon grass and ginger, refreshing minerality and racy acidity on the clean finish. Drink it with crab cakes with roasted tomato salsa and poblano creme fraiche, tuna sashimi, fig compote, mango chutney, fruit-glazed pork chops, boiled seafood and spicy Asian- or Cajun-inspired dishes. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar, Rouses in Uptown, Terranova Brothers Superette and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Martinique Bistro, Cochon, SoBou and Red Fish Grill.

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