November 16, News Wines Vintages. Worry not, the finest are amazing. Here an overview on this remarkable vintage.
We tasted many wines at the VDP. Here some thoughts on this fascinating vintage. Yet it delivered plenty of elegant dry Riesling, including modern-day legends.
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Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines.
If is a morning in Spring, is an evening in Autumn. After an early Spring that was too-warm too-soon, everyone worried about late frosts. And then came late frosts.
At the time of writing, many Rhineland-Pfalz winegrowers are still hoping for a successful ice wine harvest, which was virtually non-existent last year, and have left grapes hanging on hectares of vines for this noble-sweet speciality. Ahr: ha. The rainy days in the Ahr this summer could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Global warming has been a boon for the cool-climate Mosel Valley in Germany, especially the cooler tributaries such as Saar and Ruwer, because the region has completely abolished unripe vintages. Shortly before the picking began at the Mosel inthe producers did not have high hopes for the quality of the vintage due to the savage combination of spring frost, summer hail and fall rot. While we had also expected a small crop of very erratic quality, the Mosel vintage turned out to be a wonderful surprise.
The wines are not inscrutable, they are forthcoming and attractive in fresh and vital ways. They feel unclouded, serene; it was consistently joyful to drink them. Come behind the curtain for a minute.
Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving. Vintage Charts.