The 2012 Riesling "Sawmill Creek Vineyards -
North Block" is a much sweeter style (a Spatlese, said winemaker
Kelby Russell) than its South Block sibling reviewed this issue. It
comes in with a hefty 67 grams per liter of residual sugar and just
7.2% alcohol. On opening, this by far was the least impressive of
the Sawmill trio featured this issue because it didn't quite
balance the sugar on opening as well as some of the others. This is
more or less my preferred style, but it just didn't seem to execute
it as well. Of course, the sugar content is rather high here and
it's not meant to seem dry. That said, it was just plain delicious,
but nothing more. Somewhat to my surprise, this blossomed with a
couple of hours of air, integrating its sugar far better while
still seeming persistent, crisp and relatively full-bodied. At this
point, the acidity took over, enlivened the wine and provided
rather impressive tension on the finish. The balance became far
more interesting, far more classic Mosel, with the acidity waging
war with the sugar. The Day 2 rating, in other words, was a lot
higher; it seemed far simpler on first taste. Every time I thought
that, it proved me wrong. This is another winner in this lineup,
easy to like, but also easy to admire.
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