The calendar says April and spring but the thermometer says it’s summer already. It’s time for some refreshing, light wines. A new one has just arrived from Germany’s Mosel Valley.
The Joy Riesling Semidry comes from the Mosel where the best vineyard sites are on the steep slopes where the sun exposure and water drainage are at maximum. The river winds around rock outcrops and gouges the Hunsrück plateau leaving steep slopes on the outsides of the curves and flatter promontories on the insides. The inside promontories are a mixture of sand and pebbles of river silt deposited over eons. Vineyards planted there give pleasant but rarely distinguished wines. The soil on the steep slopes is a variety of slate ranging from black to red and blue. The soil is the big difference. It’s all about terroir. Wines from these slopes are characterized by bright acidity and loads of mineral, the Sancerres of Germany.