Sep 29, 2008
I hosted a successful wine tasting tonight at Altona. We had more than 25 interested guests. We tasted 6 wines. My overall impression is that, although I love young German Riesling, this vintage needs some time in the cellar. The first wine was a Grüner Silvaner (and the only non-riesling of the tasting) from Weingut Wittmann in the Rheinhessen and was quite open, fresh and good. The next four wines were quite closed and didn’t give much on the nose nor the palate. The last wine, the Fritz Haag, was open, approachable and extremely nice. I have a lot of confidence that this wine will age well over the next 20-30 years. The Weiser-Künstler was quite reductive. The last four wines were decanted 15 minutes before.
Weingut Wittman Grüner Silvaner – Rheinhessen
Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken – Rheingau
Battenfeld-Spanier Riesling “S” – Rheinhessen
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Böhlig PC Magnum – Pfalz
Weiser-Künstler Einkircher Ellergrub Riesling Kabinett – Mosel (about 70 grams residual sugar per liter; alcohol 7.5%)
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sunnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Mosel (about 145 grams of residual sugar per liter; alcohol 7.5%)