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Living - July 27, 2007

The Wine Guy: 2006 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler "Noble House" Riesling Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany Lunardi's Market - Danville, $13.99

by Gregory Peebles

Close your eyes. Envision an apricot orchard or pineapple plantation at harvest. That's where you and your taste buds will be transported after a few sips of Dr. Bergweiler's Riesling. You'll enjoy the trip!

Ultra-ripe stone fruit, juicy pineapple and assertive flinty flavors are as bright as the wine's pure straw and golden hues. Conversely, the wine expresses itself nicely in subtle ways as well.

One's nose is enticed by soft mineral, nectarine and citrus aromas. A whisper of white jasmine exists, too. The gentle acidity is plenty sufficient to energize your palate.

Medium dry with just 9 percent alcohol, it's a natural quaffer for a beach picnic or summer salad enjoyed at lunch or supper time on the backyard deck. In addition, dry and medium dry Rieslings such as this are thoroughly superb matches for spicy, zesty cuisines: Cajun, Creole, Indian, sushi and Szechuan just to name a few.

Thirty to 40 minutes of sipping and aeration results in some wonderful finishing notes. Savor the nuances of quince, peach and apricot-pineapple preserves.

Riesling is the undisputed king of German white varietals. The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, located in southwest Germany stretching from Koblenz to the Luxembourg border, produces truly world-class Riesling and is finally receiving its due respect among savvy wine aficionados once again.

Overall, "Noble House" is a solid and pleasing wine for the money. Twist the screw cap and let your taste buds be the final judge.

Have comments or questions about wine? Gregory Peebles, wine industry professional and East Bay resident, can be contacted at caledoniawine@sbcglobal.net.

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