I couldn't really sleep tonight, so decided to just get up and drink something and do some reading and a bit of work. What I chose to drink was 2007 Monchhof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese, a bottle I put in the fridge earlier, which was given to me personally by Robert Eymael, owner of Monchhof Estate. He is a generous and jolly man who jokes and laughs so naturally, and the last time I saw him was at the Rudi Wiest vintage tasting, where he gave me several bottles of his wines. Last weekend I already enjoyed the 2007 Monchhof Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese which I brought to a dinner party in Orange County, and the whole table absolutely fell for the wine - there wasn't enough for people to have seconds and for this I was sorry! Now I have the Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese left - the last one of the ones he gave me - and boy it is tasty!
This is a clean and fresh-tasting Spatlese without too much sweetness, just enough to balance its acidity. The wine in fact almost finishes bone dry. It is so unlike the 2006 Spatleses with their high proportion of botrytized grapes - this Spatlese is free from botrytis and all of that honeyed type of flavor. This is pure fruit. Wonderfully refreshing on the palate. It's a wine you can have sip after sip and glass after glass with no fatigue whatsoever.
I don't know how that man does it, but those Monchhof wines are just plain good, no doubt about it.