The hot, muggy weather has rendered us unbearably sluggish. Dinner plans start with grandiose flair in the cool morning, only to quickly dissolve as the heat sets in hours later. More often than not, we end up eating cold sandwiches or cereal, not wanting to tempt the fickle whims of the oven or step outside to grill. But there’s always time for a bottle of wine, and luckily, our friend Riesling is always around to lend a helping hand. Tonight’s selection? A chilly beerenauslese from Heinz Eifel.The Eifel line is produced by the Romerhof family in tribute of the founder of the vineyard, Heinz Eifel himself. The selection offers a fun, flashy set of wines with clever, simple labeling. A bit of a stone’s throw from high Germanic typeface and heraldry but still striking, with BA, E, and S, etc, to designate the growth. We sampled the 2009 Beeernauslese, courtesy of Winesellers, Ltd, and quite enjoyed it with salmon cakes and curry cauliflower. With a clean, mineral-forward flavor profile and subtle nose, this went impeccably with the deluge of savory flavors we subjected it to.It had a lively flavor, predominantly tasting identical to the syrup in the bottom of cans of cling peaches. A nostalgic, comforting flavor for me, and not too sugary with a mineral-tinged hint on the tongue after the sip is done and a luscious, thick texture. One that serves well for breaking out for family, friends, or just an impromptu dinner that deserves more than water or beer.
2009 Heinz Eifel Beerenauslese