Rheinhessen, Germany

Winzerhof Thörle

Probstey Spätburgunder 2016

Lyle Fass
9.6

Stunning perfume. Wow. Raspberry, deep blackberry, black cherry, but even though a very red fruit vibe. Hugely floral and so expressive. Amazing mineral soil tones. Wafting. Floral. A treat to smell. Amazing purity to the fruit. High quality here. Stunning palate of great depth, energy and density. Amazing tiny berry fruit quality here with precision that is really compelling. Beautiful sweetness and so linear. Straight. Really long, intense and very flavorful finish. Like the best sweet tart ever. Really compelling character. Unreal concentration and power but so beautiful. This is super profound. Wow. Amazing quality tannins and just ridiculous fruit. What a finish. Still can age and will likely get better the next 4-5 years. But this is thrill a minute drinking right now. — 15 hours ago

Matthew Cohen
with Matthew
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Weingut Keller

Hubacker Riesling 2018

Terribly young and needs heaps of time. The nose for me was just flooded with nose-hair-burning sulphur, even after three days of being opened. I just can't assess it. KP calls it yellow limestone, though. But the palate, I really loved. So deep, chalky, salty, and concentrated. Unripe pineapple, peach, lemon oil, orange zest, fresh-cut herbs, smoke, sea salt. So juicy and complex! Laser focus and long, elegant finish. — 20 days ago

Severn, Iwan and 17 others liked this

Weingut Keller

-RR- Rheinhessen Riesling 2016

From a parcel of Kirchspiel rich in Iron that finished off dry. Quite savory, zesty spices, warm limestone, and definitively more powerful and broad than 16 Kirschpiel GG. An extremely well made wine that demands time imo. — 14 days ago

Winzerhof Thörle

Saulheimer Kalkstein Spätburgunder 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

This is smoking as soon as it’s poured. A few years of age on the great Pinot Ortsweine can do wonders. Bright and deep raspberry and black raspberry along with a complex citrusy note. Loads of woodsy aromas, woodland berry, spice and a big mineral element but is in the background as the fruit is popping on the nose. Palate is hauntingly great. Amazing supple and elegant mouthfeel but with a brilliant red cherry, cranberry, pure and grippy fruitset. Also a hit of citrus. You don’t get that in Burgundy. And it’s really distinctive but adds so much. Smaller 2015’s are so good right. Velvety and ripe tannins that are so pure and fresh and pump the fruit and taper off. Hit of spice as well on the finish is truly great and present 2015 acidity. What a great showing. — 15 hours ago

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Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier

Hohen-Sülzen Riesling 2015

Lyle Fass
9.3

Unreal wine. Gorgeous nose. Honey, tangelo, confectionery aromas, perfumed and elegant, palate is elegant, mineral and honeyed, sappy and elegant. Complex. Really fine. Intensely flavored but also so fine. Long finish. — 6 days ago

Nicolas Owens
with Nicolas
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Pflüger

Dürkheimer Pinot Noir 2017

Outstanding initial taste that lasts. Has to be the best German red I’ve ever had. — 2 days ago

Weingut Klosterhof Schwedhelm

Zellertal Wotanfels Riesling 2016

Lyle Fass
9.1

In a great place. Confectionary nose of burnt brown sugar, peach, lemon, and minerals. Lovely. Palate is very well integrated with terrific purity and freshness. Nice rich mouthfeel and accented by freshness. Balanced and pure. — a month ago

Severn, Matthew and 3 others liked this

Franz Karl Schmitt

Niersteiner Pettenthal Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling 1934

An absolute privilege to have tasted this drop of liquid history. How well it showed is a testament to the provenance and ultimately, the strength of the terrior. Constantly evolving in the glass. How I wished I had more time with it. I believe my dear friend SC described the wine aptly as follow:

A 1934 Trockenbeerenauslese from Franz Karl Schmitt’s plot on Pettenthal , the same vineyard used by KPK to produce this stunning Nierstein auctioned GG in our days. The long aging time reveals here the potential of the terrior, the expression of the soil stands out and dominate the characteristics of the Pradikat, could be even a red wine blindly. The wine is nearly dry, with a refreshing mix of acidity and tannin-like bitterness (soil characteristics?), so complex and long with unique velvety mouthfeel.

NB: Found in an old cellar, unmoved from day 1 by MH, and also generously shared by him at the Keller household. I can't think of a better way to have enjoyed this wine.
— 13 days ago

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Peter Sultan

Peter Sultan

I’d be curious if in that era much quality wine was being produced in Germany, given what I know about the economy post WWI @Aaron Tan ? What a find!
Aaron Tan

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@Peter Sultan Wish I could tell you I knew more. Haha. That being said, 37' is the only real vintage being talked about in that era. Prior to that is the legendary 21'. The next great vintage is probably 59'? So I reckon the wars did affect the wines a lot. If only properly stored examples were easier to find. Hahahah.

Weingut Keller

Abts E de Riesling 2017

Gout de petrol but ultimate refined, pure, delineated, great acidity and minerality. Wait another 10 years to drink this baby. — 15 days ago

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Wittmann

Morstein Auslese Riesling 2004

Certainly not a pronounced nose. Dried abricots and butterscotch; slightly sticky on the palate. Pleasant, thin with length. — 17 days ago

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Jeroen Koenen

Jeroen Koenen

You killed that cork, Marc... 👊🏻