A Riesling Epidemic!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for wines of Germany.

Wow has there ever been a lot of Riesling here on ye olde wine blog in the last couple of weeks/months. I’ve been buying more on my own, plus an influx has been coming in the sample boxes. You almost wouldn’t know that my heart lies with California Zin from the wines I’ve been tasting lately….I think there’s only been one Zin on the wine blog in the last 2 months! That’s okay though, it’s good to expand my horizons, but maybe I should do a a Zin month soon as I keep purchasing them and my basement is getting scary full of wine.  Anyway, I plucked the 2008 Fritz’s Riesling from Fritz Hasselbach out of a box on the floor the other night. It has a screw cap closure, clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and I see it retailing for about $11.

On the nose I found lemon, vanilla bean, melon, tropical notes, and pear. In the mouth I thought the wine seemed sweeter than I expected. It showed lemon, pear, melon, and peach.  For a Riesling I found this to be fairly fruity and for the price point would be a nice way to help folks move into something different from their typical Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay if they are into fruity wines.