If ever there was an example of why the Germans make the best Rieslings on the planet, these bottles are it.
Both are bright, crisp, and tart, with just a touch of sweetness, along with bracing acidity, and hints of that petrol/slate/mineral component you look for in the grape.
Both are superior, low-alcohol thirst quenchers, perfect for an al fresco aperitif, or to accompany any sort of seafood.
They also go remarkably well with cheese.
The difference is, the German product is just a little more of everything: focused, aromatic, steely and complex, while its new world cousin displays a lot of likeability, but also a certain immature flabbiness.
The little German costs $24 ($34 if you drink it at the restaurant); the Oregonian, $30 ($40 at the restaurant) — proving that price isn’t always related to quality (especially when it comes to wine in general and Rieslings in particular).
But you know that.
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