My latest quickie: Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg 2009 really…

Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg 2009 really rammed home a point for me: the sumptuous, glorious richness of German 2009s. This wine was extremely generously proportioned, with powerful fruit of a melon/lime mix and an incredible density one rarely finds in ‘lighter’ German Rieslings.

There wasn’t just scale, though, there was also one mother-grabbing load of acidity. So much so, in fact, that, when my first taste hit the tooth with an echoingly large cavity, I attempted to scream and as I had a mouthful of wine I nearly choked to death! That would have been a bit embarrassing a month before my 40th birthday. What would I say to my party guests?

So there was scale, focus, a lot of sugar too, making this perfectly in balance despite its elephantine voluptuousness. It was terribly fun to drink and we fair whizzed through the bottle with our dinner. Terribly fun, yes, but not ultra-fine, just at the reasonably superior quality level one wants when after a few giggles.

Dinner was an amazing dish of pasta, ‘Nduja and chanterelles knocked up by The Editor. “Riesling with ‘Nduja?” you may snort, but I had a pretty fair idea this wine would stand up to it and it bloody did – ha!  Did you know you can now get decent ‘Nduja delivered, and great pancetta in the same product line, from those wonderful people at the online supermarket Ocado.We can hardly get enough of the stuff!