Friday, April 6, 2012

Reviewing Germany - Tasting the Rheingau

Rheingau is a small but important region which has its vineyards located along
the slopes of both the Rhine and Main Rivers. It is protected from northern cold winds by the Tannus Mountain but the moderating effect of the rivers is the main environmental influence. The soils are a combination of weathered slate and quartz which retain and reflect heat. 80% of the land under vine is planted to Riesling which is typically produced in a fuller body, drier style though some sweet BA and TBA wines are produced as well.

2010 Schloss Vollrads Riesling  
Clear, pale lemon color. Clean, medium- intense youthful aromas of lime and citrus blossoms. Off dry, light body, low alcohol, medium acidity and length with citrus flavors.  Acceptable, not typical/drink now.
Around the village of Assmanhausen is a long tradition of producing Pinot Noir, known as Spatburgunder, which is considered to be some of the best in Germany.

2007 August Kesseler Spatburgunder
Clear, pale garnet. Clean, medium- intense fully developed aromas of leather, dank earth and baked red fruit. Dry, medium body, alcohol, acidity, tannins and length with an odd brackish water taste. Not recommended.

A bit of a disappointing tasting.                                                                                   

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