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Wine review: 2011 Robert Eymael Mönchhof Estate Riesling

Wine of the Week: 2011 Robert Eymael Mönchhof Estate Riesling is an off-dry Riesling from a historic estate.

October 26, 2013|S. Irene Virbila
  • 2011 Robert Eymael-Monchhof Estate Riesling.
2011 Robert Eymael-Monchhof Estate Riesling. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)

If you think you don't like off-dry Riesling, open up a bottle of this lovely floral Riesling from a Mösel estate that goes back to 1177 and has been owned by the same family since 1804. The 2011 Mönchhof Riesling's honeyed sweetness is balanced by a racy acidity and an earthy minerality. A touch of bitterness pulls it all into focus. The more you keep drinking, the more you'll find in the glass: white peaches, honeysuckle. And this Mösel Riesling is a great value.

Open a bottle to accompany a fiery chicken or beef larb. It goes with Thai or any spicy Asian cuisine too. I'd try it with lobster or grilled prawns, and with Chinese noodle dishes.

Region: Mösel, Germany

Price: $12 to $16

Style: Lush and expressive

What it goes with: Thai and other spicy Asian food, composed salads, shellfish

Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007; BestWinesOnline, (888) 817-8880; Spectrum Wine Retail in Irvine, (949) 748-4845; the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (800) 678-9463.

irene.virbila@latimes.com

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