I just thought I would share this interesting experience. I didn't plan to provide dessert to my friends last night, but the situation seemed to require it. I admit, I am not much for wine and chocolate - but my friends wanted to try something old and different from my cellar. I knew they liked dessert wine (I am not a big fan of it anymore). I had some nice milk chocolate in the wine cooler and asked my spouse to bring in a nice old Eiswein or lighter Porto to see about it as a pairing.
Well, it turned out that the "wrong" bottle was grabbed and opened. We served a very rare 1969 Schloss Groensesteyn rüdesheimer bischofsberg (Rheingau) Riesling Cabinet. It was a green labeled Frank Schoonmaker selection wine. It was beautiful with the milk chocolate! I was really surprised. The wine had a strong petrol nose with no petrol taste. The petrol actually was kind of.... mesmerizing. It was "cognitive dissonance" that the aroma could be so diesel and the taste so subtle, light and pure. We all kept sticking our nose's in the glass...."wow".... and smiling. Pretty funny. It tasted of peachy colored fruit and mineraly stone. Very bright in flavor but smooth. The finish lasted, lasted, lasted. It had the right weight level for the lighter chocolate, the texture was light and silky, and the sweetness was spot on.
It also sparked a great discussion about Frank Schoonmaker :)
Wine can be so darn fun.