A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Heinz Eifel Riesling Spätlese

By Kori ~ July 8th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Heinz Eifel Riesling Spätlese from the Mosel Valley of Germany.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Heinz Eifel Wines is a brand of German wines, produced by Römerhof winery. Heinz Eifel, the man, founded Römerhof in 1979 in Trittenheim in the Mosel Valley. His daughter, Anne Eifel-Spohr, became their winemaker in 2000. The Heinz Eifel brand was created to pay respect to the Eifel family tradition while showcasing the next generation through Anne’s winemaking. The Römerhof winery has long-term contracts with select growers throughout Germany. Heinz Eifel Wines produces five different Rieslings, the full range of which is now nationally available in the United States.

“Heinz Eifel Riesling Spätlese is made from late-harvested Riesling grapes in the middle Mosel Valley of Germany. These grapes hang into late autumn and ripen such that they produce a rich, full-bodied white wine. Loaded with pear, peach, citrus and apricot flavors. An ideal dinner Riesling and also can be enjoyed with riper, aged cheeses and spicy cuisine due to its enhanced complexity.” –Anne Eifel-Spohr, winemaker

2009 Heinz Eifel Riesling Spätlese (Mosel, Germany): Pale to medium greenish yellow. Very aromatic with petrol and hay on the nose. Honey, pear, and tropical fruits come through on the palate. Sweet but not sickeningly sweet and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual Sugar: 6%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12.99; Available elsewhere, $9 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, German Wine, Riesling, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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