Do you love Riesling wine? After spending three days in Germany recently on a Master of Wine sponsored trip, I am absolutely amazed at the quality, minerality, and incredible power of these wines.
So you can understand that when I received a case of wines from Valckenberg recently, you can imagine my delight – I was like a kid in a candy store. First, I should tell you that the Valckenberg web site is up to date and gives you instant analysis about the vintage, remarks about the vintage, and full contact info for the producers.
Below are the wines I tasted — all were incredibly well crafted, and some – by sheer personal preference – I like more than others.
Saarstein Pinot Blanc 2008 – a fresh, fruity, dry wine with intense minerality (about six grams residual sugar) great for a salad course.
Huber Alte Reben Spatburgunder 2007 – a delicious Pinot Noir with incredible balance
Grafen Neipperg Muskateller 2009 – at 13 grams of sugar per liter, a very aromantic wine with fine and lively fruit aromas of apricots, pineapple and nutmeg. Incredible balance.
Undone Pinot Noir 2008 – Very smooth, with berry and plum notes on the palate. 100% stainless steel.
Valckenberg Dornfelder 2009 – silky, sweet red with flavors of cherries and vanilla. Low
tannins with a very smooth finish.
Castell Silvaner 2009 – Fresh and fruity, with strong minerality and lively acidity.
Baron K Riesling Kabinett 2009 – It is a very mineral, full-bodied, fruity wine with natural sweetness, a slight hint of acidity and a long finish. Matches perfectly well with slightly spicy dishes.
Maximin Grunhauser Riesling QbA 2009 – Delicious! Fine nose with slate overtones, attractive mineral acidity very good balance with a delicate finish
Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2009 – Classic Riesling with racy acidity, balance, and fabulous minerality
Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken 2009 – delicicate wine, not too sweet, perfect for white fish
Rheingraf Riesling Trocken 2009 – Another classic Riesling with ripping acidity and incredible balance
Johannishof “V” Riesling Kabinett 2009 – Just a touch of sweetness to offset the zesty acidity – very well made.