The Oeno File: 2002 Bert Simon Serrig Herrenberg Riesling Auslese

April 8th, 2011

By Chris Gill

Sometimes good things must come to an end. That’s the case with winemaker Bert Simon, who decided to retire and sell his vineyards a few years ago after his children showed no interest in continuing his wine business. Simon sold his remaining stock for closeout prices, and if you can find a bottle of one of his wines be sure to snatch it up, as they are incredible values at their current prices.

Simon’s Herrenberg vineyard is located on steep banks overlooking the Saar River. This 2002 Riesling is an off-dry wine that’s almost sweet enough to be a dessert wine, offering concentrated lime and white flowers on the palate, with some mineral and petroleum jelly on the finish. At only 8% alcohol you could call it a “diet” wine, but it certainly doesn’t taste light or wimpy.

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