Pfalz, Germany


Kallstadter Saumagen R Spätlese Trocken Riesling 2009

@Dominik SonaYou're the best! Walks off into the cellar, comes out carrying a massive bottle in a sleeve that could barely cover the label. I just love how ridiculous magnum riesling bottles look! I mean, we could see that it's a Koehler-Ruprecht for sure and the table shot straight to a warm vintage on the first sip (warm finish). Didn't take long for Franzi to identify the vintage and the rest of the pieces fell together subsequently (the body = spatlese, forget identifying the "R"). Guess making wines at the winery itself helps 😂

What to say about this wine? It's pretty intense, but the acidity and minerals kept it in check. Finely strung with pitch-perfect tension. This is the kind of wine that needs very little to push it over the edge into the hedonistic territory. Begs for time (like other 09's), as it's true elegance only revealed itself with air (bring on the crushed rocks and chamomile!). The nose is deep, with exotic fruit aromas, flint, toasted almond, florals, and that classic KR funk. Immense palate with lots of lychee and grapefruit, plus superb minerality with air. Creamy and long finish. Yes, the wine finishes a little warm and could be touch more focus, but it's a real class act for 09'! Power without weight, if you ask me.
— 15 days ago

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John Howard

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You know the producer is good when people you are doing harvest with from Germany race over in the wine shop to buy their wines.
Aaron Tan

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@John Howard Haha. It was more like I came by their winery to disturb their harvest. Incidentally, the KR guys do run a wine shop/import company, bringing in some Cali wines to Germany.
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Very cool!

Theo Minges

Feinherb Scheurebe 2017

Dinner with friends, no formal notes tonight.
Still an absolutely beautiful bottle!
— 2 days ago

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If you click on the wine name you can see my notes from earlier this summer. Was still on point for last night 👍
Philip Patston

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Thanks! I will look out for this as it looks interesting.
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@Philip Patston I believe this was $25 or less, can't remember, you will not be disappointed. It's a Skurnik bottle, find your local sales rep/distributor and seek it out.

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

Gaisböhl Riesling 2009

Bad cork, but good wine. Aromatically closed (like many 09's atm) which never really opened up as the night progressed, but you can certainly see the quality. Ripe and dense on the palate, with a fruit profile that treads on being bruised and plenty of spice notes, restrained by racy acidity and stony minerality. In comparison with the 09' Koehler Ruprecht Saumagen Spatlese trocken R, this looked rounder. Basically, less elegant and probably more like the Auslese trocken. Like the KR, it finished slightly warm, giving it's vintage away in the blind. There's also a touch of phenolic bitterness and oiliness in the mid-palate, which was a bit bothersome to me. The weakest wine of the night, but I think it will blossom in a couple of years. — 15 days ago

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Haardt Riesling 2007

The most difficult cork I can remember, but well worth the effort. Lovely balance of mature fruit and classic Riesling savory minerality. — 7 days ago

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Villa Wolf

Pfalz Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Bubbly. Color of bright grapefruit, copper ware. Nose of ripe peach, ripe pineapple, banana, and slight salty mineral. Nose is nice. Taste is tinkling and confirming the nose, with addition of sweet apple, and slightly tangerine, tangerine zest. Aftertaste is a mix of tangerine and mineral. Very nice one. — 16 days ago

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Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Großes Gewächs Spätburgunder 2014

Oh man, this is a good Pinot. Strawberry and oak intermingled in an amazingly elegant wine. But a few more years will probably add to the complexity and make for an even mor pleasant tasting. Looking forward to it. — 4 days ago


Kallstadter Saumagen Kabinett trocken Riesling 2008

Blinded and my WOTN. You know when a wine's open for business, it's simply unbeatable. That being said, even the KR crew was surprised how well this showed. I mean it technically sits near the bottom of their wine range, but we absolutely annihilated the bottle. This line from a CT user pretty much sums up the wine - "Quite intense, but gives the refreshing feeling of mountain spring water". In fact, I thought it was a Spatlese trocken.

Nose of sea spray, grapefruit, pear, anise, fresh green herbs, chamomile and that typical KR dirt. The palate's just so saline, juicy, and spicy. Like biting into the juiciest white nectarine by the ocean. Finishes tart, mineral, and long. Pure finesse!
— 15 days ago

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Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

Wachenheimer Altenberg P.C. Riesling 2016

Peach pit and petrol, inoffensive and relaxed.
Medium bodied with a lovely mouthfeel of peach, saline, and a hint of tangerine. Semi dry, a great expression of dry Riesling from the Pfalz.
— 8 days ago

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Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl GC Riesling Monopol 2015

Wow. Pfalzian minerality Very deep and rich. So good. — 2 days ago

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Weingut Bernhart

Schweigen Rechtenbach Redling Spätburgunder 2011

The perfect wine choice for an evening at Wine Festival with good friends — 11 days ago

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