2016 von Winning Pechstein Riesling Grosses Gewächs Pfalz

SKU #1381269 94 points Vinous

 High-toned scents of flowers and green herbs – wisteria, mint and pennyroyal prominent among them – practically poke you in the nose. A veritable wave of seawater on the polished palate serves for saliva-inducement, mint exercises a cooling influence, and cress, sage, black pepper and stone supply incisive, palate-staining, invigorating counterpoint. The long finish offers vibrant, juicy, mouthwatering interaction of the aforementioned elements. Any oak influence is entirely discreet, or perhaps I should say it’s completely submerged beneath this wine’s riot of grape, soil and fermentative flavors. Long-time readers of my reports will know that I am a stalwart champion of Pechstein as underappreciated vis-à-vis Jesuitengarten and Kirchenstück – so take that as a warning to factor in when interpreting my tasting note, or take this wine as delicious confirmation of my high opinion of the site where it grew. (DS)  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Intense acidity underscores the floral and herbal elements, with a mineral streak spreading from start to finish. Flavors of blood orange and peach emerge midpalate. Energetic, showing beautiful harmony and a complex finish. Will improve with age. Best from 2020 through 2030. (AZ, Web only-2018)

92 points James Suckling

 The fine peach and pineapple aromas on the nose draw you into this quite concentrated and highly structured wine. However, the considerable tannins make it quite chewy now. Plenty of salty/minerally power at the finish. Better from 2018.  (11/2017)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
Country:

Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Pfalz