Saturday, April 7, 2012

Reviewing Germany - A Taste of Nahe & Franken

The small Nahe region lies between the Mosel and Rheinhessen on steep south facing slopes along the Nahe River. Riesling is the most widely planted variety. Dornfelder and Muller-Thurgau are also important. The climate is warmer than the Mosel so their Riesling may have a riper fruit quality.
2010 Neuschwanstein Castle Riesling
Clear, pale lemon yellow color. Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of peach and lime blossom. Off dry, light body, low alcohol, high+ acidity with low flavor intensity and a short finish. Acceptable.


Franken is in the eastern part of the growing region and has a more extreme climate. Muller-Thurgau and Silvaner are the most important grapes.
2008 Castell-Castell Franken Silvaner Trocken
Clear, pale lemon yellow color. Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of lemon, almond and an unidentified floral note. Off dry, light body, medium alcohol, high acidity with a slightly bitter lemon pith / almond skin medium length finish. Good.

Related post:
Reviewing Germany-Tasting the Mosel
Reviewing German-Tasting Rheinhessen
Reviewing Germany-Tasting the Rheingau