Helfrich "Noble Varieties" Riesling 2008
Origin: Alsace, France
Blend: Riesling (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: October 2010
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Our review: Light golden straw in color, this wine has aromas of citrus and lime zest with herbal notes. The citrus (lime) flavor is most recognizable on the palate, suggestive of freshly made limeade. The finish lacks depth, and is a little tart.
Our rating: Those who tend to avoid rieslings may be surprised by this one, which is more crisp than soft. It is not necessarily sweet, but is not altogether dry either; a somewhat tart limeade (as mentioned above) is probably a most apt description. Despite being slightly unbalanced -- especially into the finish -- we rather enjoyed our bottle of this varietal, and suggest it be served with Asian cuisines. We rate it Above Average.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Crisp and alive. The delicate acidity is balanced with minerals, citrus and green apple. Just barely off dry, with a full mouth-feel and long finish."
Winery website: None found.