Wines of Germany: Riesling & Co. World Tour 2012

Wines of Germany: Riesling & Co. World Tour 2012 Today I was lucky enough to attend the Riesling & Co World Tour 2012 when they made their pit stop in San Francisco. The folks at Wines of Germany always put on an excellent and enjoyable event which I look forward to year after year. And it was indeed a fun day of tastings. Rieslings across the spectrum, a handful of Sylvaner and Pinot Noir (or Spätburgunder depending on the label) and a few miscellaneous sparklers, reds and whites. So what were the standouts?

Well it is fun to catch up with favorites. First up was St. Urbans-Hof from the Mosel (where the picture at the top of this page was taken) and their lineup once again shined. The balance here was impeccable as was the ability for the wines to remain light while retaining such presence and weight. While I’ll be looking for any of these the 2011 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese (~$22) was once again (like the ’09) bedeviling. Next up were Leitz from the Rheingau (again hard to go wrong here but the 2011 Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett is hard to beat at ~$18) and Schloss Schönborn (here the 2010 Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Kabinett, ~$18, stood out). From there it is always nice to talk with Claus Burmeister, the CEO and winemaker at Weingut Heitlinger, who is as engaging and entertaining as they come. Not to mention his 2010 Pinot Blanc was something else. I’d surely recommend it but Claus mentioned he’s in search of a new importer stateside so hopefully that happens soon…

Weingut Clemens BuschNow onto the best part; new discoveries. And boy oh boy did I find a great one today in the likes of Clemens Busch. Their lineup was thrilling from top to bottom. The 2010 Rothenpfad (~$32) was my wine of the day but I am eager to spend more time with their whole portfolio. Hat tip to my friend John Trinidad, the man behind SF Wine Blog, for making sure I didn’t miss this one. They are represented by Dee Vine Wines here in the Bay Area so fingers crossed I can score some soon. When and if I do I’ll certainly share…

And finally what would a day of German tasting be without some aged and sweet wines. My favorites here were the ’89 Spätlese from Brüder Dr. Becker which still seemed fresh, the 2006 Beerenauslese from Weingut Knebel and the 2004 Eiswein from Dr. Fischer. Guessing these are all nearly impossible to find but if you happen to stumble upon them you’ll be happy you did!

I was lucky enough to have Angela join me at this event so you can likely look forward to another perspective soon. But in the meantime what’s your favorite German wine? Leave me a note in the comments below as I’d love to hear…

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3 thoughts on “Wines of Germany: Riesling & Co. World Tour 2012

  1. Hi everyone,

    What an awesome experience. Thanks again Jason for letting me tag along.
    St. Urban-Hof was a great start. I also really liked the 2011 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese as well as the Auslese.
    At Leitz, I must concur about the 2011 Rudesheimer Klosterlay Kabinett. The 2011 Dragonstone was it’s good ol’ friendly self, but the Kabinett just had some much more to it. Yum!
    I have a very special place in my heart for Schloss Schonborn as they are one of my very favorite producers, so getting to drink their wines as well as talk to someone from the winery was sooooo cool! The 2010 Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Kabinett was delicious and I also enjoyed their Pinot Gris.

    Markus Schonbel at Divino Nordheim had some interesting wines. The 2010 Riesling had some nice balance between fruit and acid and his 2010 Silvaner Kabinett in the traditional bottle was tasty & chewy.
    Dee Vine Wines definitely had a couple of winners this time:
    2009 Simon Riesling Sekt had a huge mousse and great depth of minerality & fruit and the 2006 Knebel Riesling Beernauslese was the best BA in the house with a super long finish and excellent balance.
    I also agree that the nice ladies from Clemens Busch quietly stole the show. The 2011 Pundericher Riesling had a sexy nose and was smoky and yummy on the palate. My favorite was the 2010 Erste Lage Falkenlay Pundericher Marienburg but all of the wines were consistently well made and delicious.

    Going to have to start saving my pennies to able to afford all these lovely treats. Hurray for Riesling!

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