Sunday, June 26, 2016

Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan (Deidesheim, Pfalz) -- Part I: 2014 Rieslings and a Pair of Earlier Ones

One of the “Three B’s of the Pfalz”, this estate has great holdings and has consistently produced outstanding wines. Ulrich Mell has been the Kellermeister (winemaker) here since 1996.

Managing director Gunther Hauck said that one had to be very strict with the 2014 vintage to take out the rot, but then the vintage was easy to do. Harvesting began in mid-September, then had to stop for the rain and subsequent sorting for the rot before it could continue. Overall, yields are less than in a dry year.

I did find some unevenness of quality, though, primarily in non-Riesling wines (subject of a subsequent posting), perhaps not surprising given the scope of the operation and the fact that the vintage was not that easy, not withstanding Hauck’s comments. (Continue reading here.)