The Palatinate has produced more than producers, the first-class dry Riesling, and more layers, from which they are produced than any other German wine-growing region. So it is hardly surprising that originate from the Palatinate year and by far the most remarkable wines from this great variety. Not only the sheer number of these wines is interesting, but also the fact that weak wines in this category occur in the Palatinate, in spite of the amount produced big crops are no longer practical. The same goes for white Burgundy, from which, although there are only small contingents of large plants, which are, however, consistently among the leaders in Germany and the first places to share only with wines from Baden – quite often as a primus inter pares.
The third in the Palatinate is approved for the great variety of plant Pinot Noir. Even for him is: What will be filled with the noble title, is almost always very good. However, for first-class Pinot Noir Pinot Blanc similar to the highest class, apart from a few islands in the Mittelhaardt almost exclusively a few top sites on the Southern Wine Route reserved. A large part of the Pinot Noir is in the Palatinate (as in most German wine-growing areas) in locations that are hardly in a position to mitzugeben the wines that depth, subtlety and complexity that are essential for top Burgundy. Therefore, the number of large plants of this variety is like the Pinot Blanc in the long run probably pretty straightforward.
The Riesling series this year is led by two very different wines. Firstly, this is Christ’s Königsbacher Idig, a dense, mature and powerful Riesling monument, which can offer power at all even with bite and subtleties. Next to it is the garden of the Jesuits Forster Bürklin-wolf, though much less powerful, with its extremely tight and compact construction, its coolness and race but just as compelling. Behind with Forster Pechstein follow Forster Kirchenstück and Deidesheimer Kieselberg three wines of the estate of Winning (formerly Dr. Arturo Castro).
All three gave themselves at our tasting still pretty tight-lipped and needed lots of air, to suggest to some extent, what they are, why we give them credit even further increase with the aging in the bottle. Fortunately, we have avoided it by winning in this year, the wines mitzugeben sapid too much sugar. The new unconventional style of the house with the wood notes notable fits so not to limonadiger sweet as last year was still frequently encountered.
Also still not at the end of its possibilities, we consider the dense, powerful and searing Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad of Bergdolt to be, which could turn out to be the best Riesling of the house since 1999. Right up there are also full of character, very exciting, but still completely undeveloped Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Dr Wehrheim, compact, crisp and very spicy herb Forster monster Reichsrat von Buhl and Ungsteiner Weilberg of Pfeffingen. The latter is perhaps the driest Large fruit of the vintage in Germany, a bright reintöniges, salty, extremely tight masterpiece that proves impressively, the dry Rieslings even need in such an acid-stressed vintage no residual sugar when they are made only carefully enough.
It was closely followed by the equally viable Deidesheimer still a long morning of Christian man who was initially underestimated because of its slightly waxy and rosinigen botrytis perhaps, but the enormously in the air At length, and always will be tighter and more compelling. Next to it is the compact, low mineral and, in turn compelling Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl of Bürklin-wolf, where we also are not sure if he is not with some bottle age and be even more. At a similar level to the Pechstein moved from the same manufacturer, Pechstein and church pieces of Reichsrat von Buhl, Winnings from Jesuit garden and also still viable, lush and powerful Deidesheimer Kalkofen of Bassermann-Jordan. Add to that another dozen first-class Rieslings, and even if not all the “usual suspects” are represented this year at the very top group, you can find in the Palatinate in 2011 is not really weak large plants, as already mentioned.
The number of featured Pinot Blanc is very small. At the top of the five sampled wines again, the winery Bergdolt is a cool, powerful and juicy Kirrweiler Mandelberg, which is the top spot divided among all German white Burgundies of the vintage with the equally well-known neighbors Godramstein: Münzbergs snake whistle has also pretty cool, it very tight and polished. He could perhaps develop even longer and better than the already impressive specimen of Bergdolt. Not far behind the incredibly tight knit Birkweiler Mandelberg Dr. Wehrheim and range from a little distance in the sunshine of the Siebeldinger Rebholz, who we like better this year than the usually somewhat rustic Rieslings of the house. The end of the Schweigener Sonnenberg makes of Bernhart, who, although he belongs here occupies the last place, still one of the best white Burgundies with Abstend of the vintage.
In the winery, the Pinot Noirs Friedrich Becker makes his 2008er “chamber” from the Schweigener Sonnenberg once again shows why he is counted among the best red wine producers in the country. Despite the difficult vintage, the wine surpasses the competition of the 2009 Great wines from the Pfalz yet, especially since he looks like he could increase with the maturity. Similarly, good cuts, however, from another 2008er: the very ground Kastanienbusch Dr. Wehrheim like it much better than the bad woody version of 2009 from the same manufacturer. With his sun mountain “Saint Paul” Becker is also the winery at the top of the previously presented 2009 reds from the Palatinate, he shares space with the usual, but also powerful and spicy wood Laumersheimer Stone humpback Philip Kuhn. With a little distance follow Bergdolt Duttweiler Laumersheimer limestone and a cherry orchard, in turn, by Philip Kuhn.
All previously tasted great growths of the current vintages:
- White Burgundy
- Pinot Noir