Today was the time for an especially splendid number from an estate named Altenkirch in the Rheingau district (for the non-drinkers reading this post: this is one of the many prestigous wine districts in Germany). Their Riesling "Grauschiefer" (meaning grey slate, the soil the wine is raised on) vintage 2009 is everything a good Riesling should be: Fresh, shiny, with a clear hint of fruit and noticeable body without any creaminess. Don't let the modest nose fault you — this is truly a great wine which is not afraid to hide the terroir it is grown on and its specific character. Get your bottles now before they are all gone. Personally, I am ordering my stock for the next years as I am typing this post.