The Wine Next Door

Tonight’s wine: Dr vytorin generic. Konstantin Frank 2004 Johannisburg Riesling, Semi-Dry. For those keeping track, I tasted Frank’s dry version of this varietal a couple of weeks ago. This wine is, like many Rieslings, a pale yellow color in the glass. The nose is predominantly fruity and floral, reminding me of lush canned peaches with just a dash of a brighter, crisper taste, perhaps a sweet citrus, with a backdrop of honeysuckle. It’s rather easy to take large sips of this wine, which rolls around the tongue with a weight and texture that again reminds me of canned fruit. There are bursts of bright, sweet fruit on the palate; I’m reminded of the tongue-tingling crispness of an Asian pear and the nectar of ripe peaches. The finish is short-lived, faintly sweet but also floral, perfume-like, and reminiscent of grapefruit. There is a pleasant level of acidity throughout.

This is a nice, fruity wine, good for lightly spicy food or on its own (my personal favorite “pairing”). It’s not very complex, and there’s no discernable mineral character to it. But its fruitiness is gentle, rather than cloying, its sweetness balanced by the traditional tang of a good Riesling. It presents itself pleasantly and makes a graceful exit from the palate, doing so without pretense or any discernable fault. Of the two Frank Rieslings, this one is certainly better.

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