Tasting Notes Week of July 8, 2011


So I recently received a shipment of the exciting 2010 vintage of assorted German wine from Valckenberg. This is the oldest family owned wine merchant in Germany, and is now run by Wilhelm Steifensand, a seventh generation descendant.

Today Valckenberg has multiple domestic partnerships and is active in 24 countries worldwide.

The wines in the Valkenberg collection represent top quality, evidenced in both the glass and from the detailed winery web pages which shows pictures of the owners and their dedication to their wineries.

Below are some tasting notes…a great combination of sweet and dry wines ….

2010 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Kabinett

Style note: Delicious, well balanced wine with elegance and delicacy of aroma and flavor. Very concentrated fruit, which is green apple on the nose and palate, yet ripe cooked apricot on the med+ finish that remains crisp and clean. This wine has finesse, length, complexity between the different elements, and balance. Pair with many starters and entrees … great match for a delicate white fish, savory starters, or Asian fare.

2010 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese

Style note: Fresh nose of ripe peach and apricot give way to a medium- bodied offdry wine with good balance between sweetness and acid, and a lemon/lime citrus profile that mixes with the ripe concentration of peach/apricot fruit. Finesse and elegance.

The Estate of Maximin Grünhaus dates back to the Roman era, when vines were planted here in the first century A.D. The monopole site of Maximin Grünhaus is divided into the single vineyards: Bruderberg, Herrenberg and Abtsberg.

In 1810, Maximin Grünhaus was sold to its first owner. Then in 1882 it was purchased by the von Schubert family, who, to this day, continue the tradition of high quality.
Since 1981 Dr. Carl-Ferdinand von Schubert leads the estate. Together, with his manager and winemaker Stefan Kraml, they are responsible for the high quality of the wines with their incomparable finesse and elegance.

2010 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett

Style note: Very floral nose of concentrated yellow flowers and also minerals and citrus leads to a palate with refreshing spritz of Co2, intense lemon/lime zest, minerality, and a very long lemon/lime zest finish that goes on forever with minerality that is remarkable.

2010 Carl Graff Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett

Style note: Refreshing Kabinett wine with intense minerallity (very very intense) and some refreshing citrus notes further enlivened by the CO2 on the palate. Extremely long mineral finish, crisp and clean, with pure fruit notes of lemon, lime, apricot, peach.

2010 Weingut Baron Knyphausen Erbacher Michelmark Riesling Erste Lage

Style note: An elegant dry wine that presents sweet on the nose, with its concentrated flavors of ripe peaches and apricot yet is dry on the palate with that same extreme concentration of apricot/peach richness and high minerality, enlivened by fresh citrus such as lemon, limon, and the zest of both. The finish is extremely long, lasting for more than a minute.

2009 Weingut Johannishof (H.H. Eser) Riesling Charta

Style note: A drier style of Riesling with concentrated fruit (tree fruit) that is dry and concentrated, lively acidity, and incredibly long mineral finish studded with pure apple. This is a quality , concentrated wine with finesse, elegance, length, intensity of flavor, complexity of flavor, concentration of fruit, and typicity of the Rheingau region
2010 Schloss Wallhausen Riesling Two Princes

Style note: With its fresh crisp clean nose and spritz of c02, this is a bright, lively wine with racy acidity, intense minerality, and a very long mineral/lemon-lime finish. A delicious drinik it now wine to celebrate spring and summer at picnics, and also to serve with first courses through the year.

2010 Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling trocken

Style note: Racy acidity and fresh just-squeezed juicy lime make this a fabulous wine to pair with seafood, especially fresh crab salad with cilantro. Excellent balance, elegance, and finesse. A very fresh tasting wine with concentration of ripe yellow fleshed fruit (apricot, peach) and a long, mineral rich finish.

2010 P.J. Valckenberg Riesling Undone

Style note: Intense minerality and a juicy squirty of fresh lime mark this well balanced dry riesling with excellent balance and structure, and the perfumed nose of ripening apricot and peach fruit. Delicious as an aperitif or to pair with seafood.
2010 P.J. Valckenberg Gewürztraminer

Style: This delicious, spicy, medium bodied wine has a tantalizing aroma of ripe spiced sauteed peaches, lychee, and roses also reflected on the palate. The exotic style of this wine, with its long finish, refreshing acidity, yet ripe fruit flavors will pair very well with Asian, Insian, and spicy cuisine.

2010 Grafen Neipperg Lemberger trocken

Style note: Aroma of concentrated ripe red cherry, with racy palate of more ripe red cherries and long red cherry finish with earth and high minerality. Excellent pairing with salmon, pork, and rare red meat.

2010 Schloss Castell Silvaner trocken (Germany, Franken)

Style note: Very aromatic with young fresh green shoots and ripe apricot/peach, this is a dry, racy wine with med+ acidity, no tannin or oak, that is refreshing and cleansing as an aperetif or with a first course of seafood or fish.

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