Vail Valley Vine: A light, affordable white
VAIL, Colorado Continuing our off-season crusade to drink good wine in Colorado’s Vail Valley, and enjoying the warmer weather, lets jump to Germany and try a nice Riesling. No, not sweet and flabby white wine, but clean, crisp, and off-dry German Kabinett, the lightest of the Riesling styles and great on a warm afternoon. The 2004 Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Kabinett Riesling is a great wine for around $18. Crisp green apple, light pink grapefruit and lime, mineral and rose petal notes make for a light, clean white wine, perfect with spicy shrimp stir-fry and shrimp cocktail. The extra few years of age give the Max. Grun. a teeny bit of honey/viscosity, great with brie and almond chicken.Now to decode the label. Maximin Grunhaus is the name of the wine estate, Herrenberg is the single vineyard where all the grapes for this wine are grown, Riesling is the grape, and Kabinett is the legal ripeness level of the grapes when harvested. That means these grapes were picked at a low sugar level, resulting in lower final alcohol, lighter and crisper flavors, and higher acidity. Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is the region in Germany, named after the three rivers of the region. To further confuse you, the official name of the winery is Dr. C. von Schubertsche Gutsverwaltung. The Schubert family has owned the winery since 1882.Current owner Dr. Carl-Ferdinand von Schubert, and winemaker Stefan Kraml, believe in a light hand for making their wines. A nice advantage on the side: the Max. Grun. Herr. Kabinett, like most German Kabinetts, is low in alcohol, only 8 percent. This is due to the early harvesting and the cool region, and keeps this wine light and crisp. Making it perfect for lunch, or a picnic, or for having that extra glass at home and not waking up all fuzzy. Jarrett Osborn is the wine buyer for Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.