Dr Hermann – H Riesling

Dr Hermann – H RieslingCompared to additional European wine brands Dr. Hermann is relatively young, with the estate being established in 1967.  Although similar to the tales of many European winemakers, the description of winemaking in the Hermann family goes back hundreds of years.
The Dr. Hermann estate is run by Rudi Hermann and his son Christian.  The vineyards are in Mosel, along the banks of the Saar river.  They produce a number of different rieslings and consider the H to be their “basic riesling.” Read more

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling

Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler RieslingTonight we have a double-header review, with two different rieslings from Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler.  These two fall slightly above our predictable fee limit, but it’s always fascinating to see how more pricey wines compare to the bargains we typically review.  And with a small hunting, you may find these wines for below $20.
The Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler family has a description of winemaking dating back to the 16th century.  They are a vineyard-centric producer, meaning that they focus on the unique characteristics of their vineyards to make different wines.  While many additional producers will combine grapes from multiple vineyards during production, Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler keeps them break, fermenting grapes from each of their 15 different vineyards separately.  And those 15 vineyards are in the Mosel province of Germany. Read more

G.H. von Mumm 50° Riesling Trocken

G.H. von Mumm 50° Riesling TrockenWith terms like spatlese, kabinett, auslese, trocken, halbtrocken, combinations of those terms and more, there is a certain learning curve to understanding German riesling — or German wines in general.  And those terms all represent different styles of riesling.  Being “into riesling” isn’t as simple as being “into cabernet sauvignon” where you can pretty much leave it at that (although some wine nerds will push you for a style there too).  If you like riesling you have a plethora of styles to choose from.  You may like all of them, or you may have a preference for a specific style.  All regions that grow riesling can do different styles, but with Germany you get a consistent taxonomy to the names.  Therefore, while there is a learning curve at first, it can help you consistently pick the wines you’re more liable to delight in.
This riesling from G.H von Mumm is a trocken, which means it’s a dry style.  And this one is bone dry!
The 50° allusion in the name comes from the location of the vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown.  It’s from the Rheingau province and the 50th degree of latitude runs through the center of the province. Read more

Reichsrat von Buhl Armand Riesling

Reichsrat von Buhl Armand RieslingCiao again.  It’s been over a week since we’ve had a chance to update, thanks to a small bit of travel.  But we’re subdue all ears on riesling.  And yes, that is a wits to celebrate.
While we’ve reviewed a number of different rieslings in the past few weeks, and a number of German rieslings in particular, one German province we haven’t highlighted yet is Pfalz.  This is in fact the second largest wine province in Germany.  Rheinhessen, frankly to the north of Pfalz, is the largest.  You may also see Pfalz referred to as Palatinate, the English name for the province.
Like many German vintners, Reichsrat von Buhl has a long description going back to 1849.  Since 2008 the estate has been working towards obtaining organic certification. Read more

Schloss Reinhartshausen Old Vines Riesling

Schloss Reinhartshausen Old Vines RieslingI have an thought.  How about another riesling review?
This one from the impossible-for-any-American-to-spell-correctly Schloss Reinhartshausen winery in Rheingau, Germany.  Those who’ve been conception our additional recent riesling reviews will know that Rheingau is the province along the River Rhine. Read more

Hans Lang Wisselbrunnen Erstes Gewächs Riesling

Hans Lang Wisselbrunnen Erstes Gewächs RieslingEach now and then we receive samples of wine that sell for more than our predictable $20 maximum limit and while we like to stay right to our mission (i.e. cheap wine ratings) we’re not foolish.  We’re subdue going to taste those wines.  After all, if we never taste a $50 wine how can we legitimately ever say that a $10 bottle tastes like a $50 bottle?  Not that I’ve ever used that analogy.  Regardless, if we tasted it, we might as well review it.  I know a few of you spring for the more expensive bottles now and then anyway.  So here goes…
Hans Lang is a relatively small producer, with just 18 hectares of vineyards in the Hattenheim and Assmannshausen regions of the Rheingau (Rhine river province).  The grapes for this particular wine come from Hattenheim.
This wine is labeled as a Erstes Gewächs, which is the German equivalent of a Grand Cru.  As such, the appellation where this wine was produced has been recognized for producing top quality wines and the production methods adhere to strict guidelines for the classification.
So, how does this premium riesling deliver? Read more

Hooked Riesling

Hooked RieslingDo you know Nahe?  Nahe is a wine province in Germany along the… you guessed it, River Nahe.  If you don’t know this river, it’s a relatively small river that is a branch to the Rhine (a relatively huge river).  The Nahe is east of Luxembourg, if that helps give you a sense of location.  While the description of wine in Nahe doesn’t go back as far as additional regions, like Mosel, it has established itself as a top quality province.  It’s a province most known for its colorless wines and riesling is the most common grape here.
While I know that Hooked riesling is from the Nahe province, they don’t say exactly where within the Nahe it originates.  There are in fact a few different sub-regions within Nahe.  But I reckon it’s honest to say that a bargain wine like this is dodgy to be from a specific, singular appellation. Read more

Graf von Schönborn Silvaner

Graf von Schönborn SilvanerPerhaps it’s just my yearning to be unique, but I really delight in checking out wines that are atypical.  Let’s face it, it’s fun.  And it’s a fantastic way to learn about different wines, as well as different regions.  After all, what’s atypical in a Cincinnati supermarket may be an everyday occurrence elsewhere, like Germany.
And that, I suspect, is the case with Silvaner.  It’s a wine that most of my friends have never heard of, but it’s pretty common in Germany.  This one from Graf von Schönborn comes from Franken area of Germany, which is really known for it’s Silvaner as it’s considered the most noble grape of the province.  It’s a productive grape in this province too.  Although it’s sensitive to frost, it is an early ripening variety and a excellent match for the climate in Franken.
The wines made from Silvaner are mostly known for their naturally high acidity.  And if you’ve been conception this site for long, you probably know that we like a wine with excellent, crisp acidity. Read more