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2022 Rheinhessen & Nahe: Rain in the Nick of Time

Germany, featured

Anne Krebiehl MW, Sep 2023

Relief and surprise were the primary emotions for winemakers across Rheinhessen and Nahe for the 2022 vintage, the driest and sunniest year since records began in 1881. Many expected opulence in their wines. Then rain arrived just in time. The relative slenderness of the wines and their moderate alcohol levels, however, are down to Riesling’s ingenious ability to self-regulate.

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Markus Molitor Debuts Inaugural Rieslings from Domäne Serrig

Germany, featured

Anne Krebiehl MW, Sep 2023

After having purchased the former royal Prussian state domain in the Saar Valley in 2016, German winemaker and Riesling supremo Markus Molitor now debuts the first two wines from the historic Serriger Vogelsang vineyard and the Domäne Serrig label: one dry Riesling, one Kabinett.

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Germany Pre-Auctions Report: Trier and Bad Kreuznach

Germany, featured

Anne Krebiehl MW, Sep 2023

The VDP’s two regional auctions in Trier and Bad Kreuznach in September are key dates for Riesling collectors. I was invited to attend pre-auction tastings held by the producers over the summer ahead of the auctions themselves. This article explains how these auctions work, but far more detail on the vintage and wineries will be in the respective regional reports covering Rheinhessen & Nahe and Mosel, Saar & Ruwer.

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2021 Mosel and Saar – Tantalizing, Tingling, Thrilling

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Anne Krebiehl MW, Jun 2023

The best dry 2021s from Mosel and Saar offer incredible clarity, poise and longevity. The top off-dry and sweet wines are analytics-defying tightrope acts, teetering between electric sharpness and fruity allure drawn mostly across the entire citrus spectrum. A long, cool growing season meant full aromatic development alongside pine-tingling acidity. It is a vintage for true Riesling hounds and those who delight in the deliciously bracing drama on the palate that only Riesling can offer.

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Keller Excellence

Verticals & Retrospectives, Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Mar 2023

For nearly 20 years, Klaus Peter Keller has almost surely been Germany’s most written-about wine grower, both at home and abroad. What makes his estate perhaps the most exciting in Germany today? This article takes a close look at the people, places and mystique surrounding Weingut Keller, including detailed notes on wines from vintages 2019-2021.

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Cellar Favorite: 2001 Weingut Keller Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Auslese *** Goldkapsel

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Germany

Neal Martin, Jan 2023

Klaus-Peter Keller’s wines have become collector catnip in recent years, with prices to match. It seems a long time since I made my only visit to the estate. In 2022, I was fortunate to taste several recent vintages and almost forgot this mature gem.

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Mittelrhein 2019-2020: A Misunderstood Region

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Jul 2022

With only a small number of well-known estates, it is easy to overlook the viticultural significance of one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. That would be an unfortunate mistake. Mittelrhein's producers are turning out high quality wines that showcase a wide variety of styles.

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Saar Riesling 2019-2020: Selective Excellence

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David Schildknecht, May 2022

While you aren’t likely to mistake a 2019 German Riesling for its 2020 counterpart – least of all in the Greater Mosel – the two growing seasons had surprisingly much in common. And from that, there’s a lot to learn.

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The Wines That Shaped My Life

New Zealand, France: Burgundy, France: Bordeaux, Germany, featured, France: Champagne, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

A charity dinner themed around the significant wines of my career threw up a couple of surprises. I doubt DRC and Blue Nun have ever found themselves reviewed in the same article. In these days of bleak headlines, the vignettes accompanying these eclectic wines hopefully put a smile on your face.

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Rheingau and Mittelrhein 2018s: Mixed Riesling Results

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Apr 2021

The challenges posed by summer drought and sheer precocity of vine evolution are evident in the Rheingau and Mittelrhein, but there are numerous wines that no Riesling lovers should miss.