Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2015 Burgundies: A Preliminary Report from the Cellars

I have been tasting 2015 Burgundies for more than a week (and shall continue to taste them through November 18). I have tasted wines from every commune from Santenay in the south to Marsannay in the north except Ladoix and also some wines from the Côte Chalonnaise. The estates I’ve visited range from some of the most famous names in Burgundy to smaller, less well-known estates of high quality. (Continue reading here.)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2015 Nahe Riesling Grosses Gewächs Part II: Dönnhoff

2015 is yet another great year at Dönnhoff, but it is particularly notable for this collection of four great GGs (and there are other outstanding dry wines that I shall review later), making for one of the most stunning collections of dry Riesling I’ve ever encountered. (Continue reading here.)

Monday, October 24, 2016

2015 Nahe Riesling Grosses Gewächs Part I: Schäefer-Fröhlich



When I tasted the Nahe GG’s at the Wiesbaden tasting, the wines were too warm and I could not accurately judge them. Fortunately, I followed up the tasting with visits to a number of the producers: Schäfer-Fröhlich, Dönnhoff, Schlossgut Diel, and Gut Hermannsberg. I will present notes on their GG’s in the next few posts, and then in later posts will review all of their wines that I tasted on the visits. Unfortunately, I will not be able to review the GG’s of other Nahe producers that I did not have time to visit. (Continue reading here.) 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2015 Rheinhessen Riesling Grosses Gewächs Part II -- Westhofen and Dalsheim: Groebe, Gutzler, Keller, and Wittmann

Here we are at the heart of some of the greatest vineyards in Germany with wines produced by some of the elite producers. As I’ve said many times, the Rheinhessen for some time now has been the most exciting region in Germany, and no producers are more thrilling than the trio of Groebe, Keller, and Wittmann — and Gutzler, too, has been coming on strong in recent vintages. (Continue reading here.)