I tasted 8 Pinot Noir (PN) (local name is Spätburgunder) in total from the regions of Ahr and Baden. They were definitely more Burgundy in style than let’s say California’s, lighter bodied reds with sweet and sour fruit flavours, strong mineral notes and fine dusty tannins. I did enjoy both Pinot Noir from Salwey in Baden but definitely preferred their Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächs) 2010. A dry PN with a fuller bodied, more complexity with flavours of sweet and sour red fruit, floral and spicy notes and mild tannins. I also tasted all four PN from Meyer-Näkel in Baden and found them to be very interesting, but again preferred their Grand Cru 2010, with a strong earthy and mineral presence throughout.
I only tasted two of them, both from the same winery Graf von Schönborn. I have purchased these wines in the past and find them to be very versatile at the table with so many food pairing possibilities. I quite enjoyed Graf von Schönborn Silvaner Kabinett “Alte Reben” 2011, from old vines with a low alcohol at 12.5%, fresh acidity and fruity flavours.
Riesling is truly the Queen of German wine making, and for me, the Queen of white grapes, period. There is something so special about German Rieslings, their complex aromatics, great mouthfeel, with its fruity flavours, but well balanced by its vibrant acidity. This makes them very flavourful and a great joy to drink. In all, I tasted 27 of them, in every sweetness level, from dry to Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese and one Beerenauslese.
- The standout by far was the lineup from Gunderloch located in Rheinhessen, all of their wines were perfectly balanced and so delicious. Gunderloch Beerenauslese 2008 was absolutely spectacular, my last wine tasted and a sweet ending to this fair.
- Of the 10 Riesling Kabinett tasted, the standout by far was Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Kabinett 2006. A superb example of how complex these wines can be when given some time in bottle. In my descriptors I wrote “classic” and delicious beside these other two Kabinett; Schloss Schönborn Erbach Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett 2011 and St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2011.
- Of the 9 Riesling Spätlese tasted, three of them stood out for me. Starting with Moselland Goldschild, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese 2012 from Mosel, a classic Spätlese with low alcohol of 7.5%. Also from Mosel, Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese 2011 and finally Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothberg Riesling Spätlese 2011 from Rheinhessen.
- Of the 7 Riesling Auslese tasted, two of them really stood out for me. Weingut von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Auslese 2007 from Rheingau and Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothberg Riesling Auslese 2011 from Rheinhessen, both of them absolutely stunning.
Here are my top 15 wines tasted at this Fair;
1- Bollig-Lehnert Droner Hofberger Riesling Auslese 2009 from Mosel
2- Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese 2011 from Mosel
3- Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothberg Riesling Spätlese 2011 from Rheinhessen
4- Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothberg Riesling Auslese 2011 from Rheinhessen
5- Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothberg Riesling Beerenauslese 2008 from Rheinhessen
6- Weingut von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Auslese 2007 from Rheingau
7- Moselland Goldschild, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese 2012 from Mosel
8- Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese 2010 from Mosel
9- Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Kabinett 2006 from Mosel
10- Salwey Spätburgunder “Grosses Gewächs” 2011 from Baden
11- Schloss Schönborn Erbach Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett 2011 from Rheingau
12- Graf von Schönborn Silvaner Kabinett “Alte Reben” 2011 from Franken
13- St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2011 from Mosel
14- St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese 2011 from Mosel
15- Weingut IM Zwölberich Grauburgunder C 2011 from Nahe
I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the Fair as a whole; a beautiful venue, music and food. Music, with a DJ supplying nice background music, in sync with the tempo of the room. The superb food catered for this event paired quite well with the wine and made the whole afternoon a memorable one.