The taste of this light-bodied German Riesling consists primarily of pears and apples. It's medium-sweet and has very smooth, low acidity. This isn't a 'fine wine,' but it's a decent wine for everyday drinking and relaxing with. Relax Riesling is also usually a pretty good value for the money. I would personally prefer it if the wine were a bit more acidic because that would make it more balanced when drinking it alone, but the low acidity probably makes it more appealing to more people.
Color & Clarity
The 2007 Relax Riesling is a very pale yellow with greenish tinges around the edges and a fairly clear center — though not as clear and watery as the 2005 Hugel et Fils Riesling.
The sweet, floral, and fruity aromas of this Riesling have a fairly low intensity — it's very similar in the nose to the 2007 Chateau St. Michelle Riesling but weaker. The most identifiable element here is probably the light apple notes.
The taste of this light-bodied German Riesling consists primarily of pears and apples. It's medium-sweet and has very smooth, low acidity. This isn't a "fine wine," but it's a decent wine for everyday drinking and relaxing with. Relax Riesling is also usually a pretty good value for the money. I would personally prefer it if the wine were a bit more acidic because that would make it more balanced when drinking it alone, but the low acidity probably makes it more appealing to more people.
The character of the 2007 Relax Riesling is fairly simple and uncomplicated, making it well suited to a wide variety of situations and foods.
Pairing Relax Riesling with Cheeses
- Cheddar Cheese: The Riesling becomes both a little sweeter and a little more tart with cheddar.
- Swiss Cheese: This is a fairly neutral pairing, neither especially great nor especially bad.
- Aged Gouda: The Relax Riesling is a great pairing with aged Gouda, with the wine becoming more flavorful and the Gouda becoming more complex.
- Aged Parmesan: The Riesling makes aged Parmesan a lot more aromatic and flavorful.
- Chevre: This pairing causes the Riesling to taste less sweet and the acidity to be become emphasized.
Pairing Relax Riesling with Meats
- Chorizo Salami: What little acidity there is in the Relax Riesling is largely killed by the chorizo, making the wine taste sweeter.
Pairing Relax Riesling with Main Dishes
- Barbecued Pork: This is a very good combination because the sweetness of the barbecued pork is emphasized while the acidity of the wine is emphasized, creating a very balanced effect overall.
- General Tso's Chicken: The Relax Riesling seems to stand up fairly well here and would probably do equally well if paired with other Chinese dishes.
- Pasta with Four Cheese Cream Sauce: This pairing is fairly neutral and the Relax Riesling should work with other creamy pasta sauces.
- Sushi: Both fish and vegetable sushi are a strong pairing with this Riesling, but salmon and tuna sushi work the best.
The Relax Riesling is too light in both flavor and aroma to really add much to any recipe you might try to add it to. Even if you have some left over the next day, I would try drinking it instead of adding it to a meal you are cooking.
The Schmitt Söhne wine production facilities are located in Longuich, a village on the river Mosel where the original wine-making company was founded more than two centuries ago. Today they have large import companies located around the world and are one of the most successful German wine exporters. In addition to their Relax line of wines they also produce several others: Blue Rieslings, Mosel Selection, Rhine Lady, and more.
The Rieslings made under the Relax label are a little drier than most German Rieslings, but still a lot sweeter than the truly dry Rieslings created in regions like Alsace, France. The Relax line of wines is designed to be simpler and less complicated than other wines, making them easier to drink and easier to enjoy.