A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Clean Slate Riesling

By Kori ~ December 16th, 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 Clean Slate Riesling from the Mosel region 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

Clean Slate is the product of a partnership between Moselland of Bernkastel-Kues, Germany, and Winebow, a top U.S. importer, distributor, and developer of wines from around the world. Moselland is the largest vineyard owner in the Mosel region of Germany and is one of Germany’s top exporters of Riesling.

“The fresh, balanced taste of Clean Slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slopes of the Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the Middle Mosel provides a hint of spice to complement the characteristic fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel.” –Manuel Brixius, Winemaker

2009 Clean Slate Riesling (Mosel, Germany): Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with white peach and minerality on the nose. Lemon, lime, and more peach come through on the palate. Slightly off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish. Residual Sugar: 2.6%
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $10; Available elsewhere, $7 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, German Wine, Riesling, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Mike Veseth | December 16th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Clean Slate is a favorite at my student tastings. Good value,too.

  2. Kori | December 16th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing. A good value, indeed. Happy Holidays!