Schmitt Sohne Qualitätswein Riesling

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW                                                                                                                             The Schmitt Sohne Qualitätswein Riesling is a pale golden color, clear and translucent. Aromas of ripe peaches, tangerine, and wet stone. A little bit of cotton candy aromas hidden in there as well. On the palate the wine has a medium body mouthfeel. Sweet Red Delicious apple, peach, and tangerine on the front of the palate that fade elegantly to fresh cut green grass and wet stone characteristics. Really… stay with me, let the wine hang out on the palate, look past the fruit and focus on the very back of your tongue. Grassy, right? If not than tell me your findings below 🙂 On the finish, as the wine lingers on the breath, I get a little cotton candy action, not a lot and by no means offensive. The Schmitt Sohne Qualitätswein Riesling is not real sweet and borders off-dry. Try Schmitt Sohne Qualitätswein Riesling in the hot tub with your bestie !

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 85 Points     

Wine Enthusiast- 87 Points


80%
Sweetness level
75%
Fruit
50%
Acidity

Selection – Schmitt Sohne Qualitätswein Riesling 

Producer –  Schmitt Sohne 

Region – Mosel, Germany 

Vintage – 2015

Varietal – 100% Riesling 

Style/Method – Semisweet white wine 

Alcohol – 9.5%

Food Pairings – Spicy Asian cuisine, sushi, baked brie with honey, blackened fish 


 

 

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Riesling Show Down

So we invited my mother-in-law over for a Riesling show down. My mother-in-law is not new to the wine world and in fact some of the best wines I have ever had have been enjoyed in her presence, thanks to her palate. She just so happens to have an affinity for Riesling. So the three of us blind tasted three Rieslings under ten dollars, however my mother-in- law and I did not know the price point. My wife bagged up three bottles of Riesling that she had picked out herself. We tasted the wines, we took notes, we scored those wines, and we had a great time doing it. So here is how it went down.

The wines that my wife picked out for this tasting were all from the grocery store and were all big brand wines or wines that virtually everyone in world can find without much effort and all three wines were under $10, to make it easy and inexpensive for anyone who wants to try this tasting.

 

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My Mother-in-law’s picks 

First Place – Chateau St Michelle

Second place – Josef Weinberg Radiance

Third Place – Schmitt Sohne

Eric’s picks

First place- Josef Weinberg Radiance

Very close second–  Chateau St Michelle

Third Place- Schmitt Sohne

Ashleigh’s Picks

First Place- Chateau St Michelle

Second place – Josef Weinberg Radiance

Third Place – Schmitt Sohne

Conclusion

This was a very fun tasting and though we had to rate them for the sake of this blog, all of the wines were consumed happily. Here is the thing. A lot of big brand, grocery store white wines are boring and bland, or are so concentrated and oak-influenced that they come across as fake wine. Rieslings are so much fun and they can bring a lot of joy in this price range that other varietals like Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay simply cannot. I really urge you to give this a try. In this scenario, the Chateau St. Michelle is considered to be a semi-dry Riesling, the Radiance is a semi-sweet Riesling, and the Schmitt Sohne is a sweeter Riesling. So find your style, take a pic and share it with us. We are dying to know how you enjoy your Riesling. Cheers!