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Peter Nicolay, Riesling Trocken

Bottle Size: 750mL

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Peter Nicolay, Riesling Trocken

Whiffs of smoke and crushed mineral accent tart tangerine and pineapple in this sprightly dry Riesling. Juicy lemon and lime flavors are enriched by a sheen of honey on the mid-palate, but the finish is dry and zesty.


Winery: Peter Nicolay –
Wine Style: German Riesling, Dry
Grapes: Riesling
Country / Region / Sub-Region: Germany / Mosel
Alcohol: 12%
Rating (Vivino): 4.1/5
Bottle Size: 750mL


While I will readily admit that I don’t drink many white wines and definitely don’t drink sweet wines, I will make an exception for a Riesling Trocken from Mosel, Germany. These wines are not as sweet as is associated with Riesling. Riesling can be light, crisp, and floral. A good German Riesling always pairs well with Spicy food. Try it with Thai next time.


From the Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler family. The wines are from 20 hectares of estate vineyards, plus contract vineyards, which give the estate potential of almost 60 hectares. With vineyard parcels in many of the most important crus of the mosel, the family is truly fortunate. The smart, forward-thinking heir to this good fortune is the affable Stefan Pauly (12th generation). Hard-working and smart, Stefan is a fantastic partner with vision and drive.

Walking up and down the incredibly steep vineyards of the Mittel Mosel is a mind-blowing experience. The great growths are incredibly cut-up, steep, vertical. Ürziger Würzgarten, for just one example…the family owns about 2 hectares (5 acres) included among 20 separate rows and parcels! The vineyard measures around 30 hectares, with possibly 600 owners – many with only a row or two. One looks straight down to the river Mosel.

Planting is dense – 10 or 11 thousand plants per hectare, and that’s German counting. Lots of ungrafted, old vines as the area hasn’t been hit by phylloxera. Farming is organic. The history is deep. The vines grow in pure slate. The hillsides are almost vertical. And the wines, they are stunning.


The first impression is dominated by citrus and stone fruit. Orange zest and grapefruit accompany white peach. The palate starts with full and fruity flavors and ends with fine and crispy acidity, clearing the palate for the next sip.


Best paired with:

  • Pork
  • Shellfish
  • Spicy food
  • Poultry
  • Cured meat


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