2013 Toni Jost Bacharacher Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Mittelrhein

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Just downriver from Germany's Rheingau region is the Mittelrhein, where the extremely steep slate terroir looks more like what you find in the Mosel than the neighboring Rhine regions. The Jost family has been cultivating vineyards in Bacharach for 180 years, and today Weingut Toni Jost is a 15 hectare estate under sixth-generation proprietor Cecilia. Grapes for this village-designated Riesling come from a plot just above the Grand Cru-classified Hahn vineyard. The wine is fresh and floral with fruit up front and always a mineral and acid-driven structure... the Feinherb designation meaning that it's fermented closer to dry than typical Kabinett wines, but is still in the off-dry spectrum.

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2016 | Send Email
When does lemony not smell like lemon? When it smells like the lemony tang of Sichuan peppercorns! Which this feinherb dishes up a-plenty. You can add to that gravel and petrol, too. Trim, focused and barely sweet, this goes spicy on the palate, with dried tangerine peel in addition to the peppercorns, and a touch of petrichor. You won’t find another white wine in the store at the moment below the ten buck mark that’s got this much going for it.

By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/19/2016 | Send Email
This is a firm and classically styled Kabinett Riesling with crystalline purity. The fruit profile is restrained due to its drier style... mandarin orange, fresh apricot, and green apple greet you up front. The mid-palate is very racy and citric which makes the wine's drinking experience essentially dry even though it's not legally a trocken. But this Riesling is truly defined by the saline, crushed slate minerality in which I find a lot of similarity with the lower (Terrassen) Mosel which isn't far away. Lick rocks!

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.