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TastersGuildNY Valkenberg Tasting of 12 German Outstanding Wines

TastersGuildNY Valkenberg Tasting of 12 German Outstanding Wines

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Speaker: Jack Hecker, Portfolio Manager Valkenberg International Inc.

The Grape Debate Where or When?
Which is more important: Where the grape is picked (terroir) or how long the grape hangs on the vine before harvesting? The tasting addressed this issue and provided a simple format for deciphering German wine styles. Our speaker took us through a comparison of the wine making regions and the different levels of ripeness of German wines.

We tasted 14 wines from the Mosel, Rheingau, Franken and Baden. from QBA, Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese levels from Riesling and Sylvaner to Pinot Noir. Maximin Grunhauser Superior 2007 (Mosel-Ruwer) was the favorite from the Silvaner and QBA Flight. Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkastler Doctor 2004 (Mosel) was the favorite Kabinett. von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropchen 2006 (Mosel) was the favorite Spatlese. JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich 2008 was the favorite Auslese. Most people did not like Castell Reitsteig 2005 Pinot Noir (Franken). It was made for the German palate. All the wines showed well and the evening was both extremely informative and entertaining.

Flight I: Silvaner Votes Full Retail $
Castell Kugelspiel Silvaner 2008 (Franken)
Dry. Apple on the nose. The palate is mostly lime, apple and pear. The finish is fairly short and shows some apple and some mineral. This is a light, dry white that is simple, and pleasant to drink.

7 $20.00
Flight II: QBA Votes Full Retail $
Liebfrauenshtift Dry Riesling 2009
(Rheinhessen) dry. Fruity, balanced, good acidity. A nice light wine.
2 $15.00
Maximin Grunhauser Superior 2007
(Mosel-Ruwer) dry. Low yielding old vines from the best parts of the Herrenberg and Abtsberg vineyards. The grapes are fermented with natural yeasts in traditional large old oak casks. Delicate bouquet of peach and apricot. On the palate spicy, mineral flavors combined with rich fruit and a very long finish. This Riesling offers immediate pleasure and has an aging potential of at least 10 years. The favorite of the Silvaner/QBA flights.
20 $60.00
Johannishof Charta 2008
(Rheingau) pretty dry. Did not arrive.
Schloss Saarstein 2008
(Mosel-Saar). Ripe fruit and spice aromas, crisp acidity and minerality from the blue slate soil. An elegant opulent wine perfect for everyday drinking.

7 $15.00
Flight III: Kabinett Votes Full Retail $
Weingut Johaniishof 2008 Johannisberg "V" Rheingau
Aged in oak barrels. Vibrant aromas with distinctive fruit flavors. A lovely light bodied wine.
8 $25.00
Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg 2008 (Mosel-Ruwer)
Papaya, lemon and sweet herbs on the nose. Crisp and clean, with salty acidity, this elegant old-vine Riesling has great aging potential.
4 $30.00
Dr. von Basserman Jordan Deidesheimer Paradiegarten Kabinet 2007 (Pfalz)
Peach, pear, musk melon and petral in the nose. Oily richness; a satiny texture, and wet stone nuances amid a steely long finish. A very nice wine.
8 $25.00
Wwe.Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkastler Doctor 2004 (Mosel)
100 year old vines. Lemon, cherry, and honey aromas. Sweet peach fruit, crisp, and distinctive slate on the palate. Juicy, mineral-driven finish. The favorite Kabinett.

13 $30.00 - $35.00
Flight IV: Spatlese Votes Full Retail $
Schloss Saarstein 2008
The minerality of the blue slate soil, the rich flavors of apricot, peach, and pineapple and the balance of refreshing acidity.
8 $25.00 - $30.00
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg 2007 (Mosel Ruwer)
Aromas of blue slate, spicy and fruity with aromas of peach and hints of black currant . It's impeccably balanced, and has a very long finish.. A wine packed with fruit and minerality, powerful and elegant.
12 $40.00
von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropchen 2006 (Mosel)
Banana, and citrus fruits, in the nose and palate. A very rich and elegant Spatlese. The favorite Spatlese

14 $40.00
Flight V: Auslese Votes Full Retail $
Graff Urziger Wurzgarten Mosel 2008
Apple, pear, peach and mineral in the nose and palate. Pair with spicy food.
14 $20.00
JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich 2008
Clean with apple, citrus and peach flavours and a pronounced lovely minerality. Bright, pure and wonderfully balanced. An ethereal wine. The favorite Auslese.

17 $50.00
Flight VI: Pinot Noir Votes Full Retail $
Castell Reitsteig 2005 Pinot Noir (Franken)
Little fruit, high acid, flabby. Preferred by the German palate.

5 $60.00