Friday Feature – April 6th, 2012

Hello and Happy Friday!

For thhose of you that have noticed a lack of upcoming events at Perman Wine Selections, never fear, for they are in the works! We should have an event schedule for May and beyond in the near future.

Changes are coming in the way that you will sign up and pay for events, as I have a new online system in development that will make it easier than ever to attend a Perman Wine Selections event.

In wine news, this is an important time of year for everyone that loves wine.  Spring means new arrivals, so check The Wine Wire on my website and inquire with me if there is anything you are looking for?

Today’s Friday Feature is near and dear to my heart as it features one of my favorite grape varietals – Riesling!  Just like any varietal, this grape ranges in style.  If you have never tried a truly outstanding dry Riesling from Germany, than you will not want to miss this feature!

Have a great holiday weekend,

Craig

2010 KOEHLER-RUPRECHT KALLSTADTER “SAUMAGEN” RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN

Today’s Germany is all about Dry Riesling.  These days, while many Americans think that the majority of Riesling in Germany is sweet, that is far from the truth.

The younger generation in Germany is drinking “Trocken” Riesling, which is the term to look for if you are seeking out dry Riesling.  Sweet, lightly sweet, or bone dry, I appreciate and love each and every style.

Yet, since most Americans, like the younger generation of Germans, are seeking out truly dry wines these days, I couldn’t resist offering a Riesling Trocken from one of the greatest producers of the style, Koehler-Ruprecht.

Koehler-Ruprecht is a small, but very important and historic producer in the Pfalz region of Germany.  Sharing a border with Alsace in France, the wines of the Pfalz have a closer relation to those than to say, the Mosel Valley.

The Koehler-Ruprecht estate is around 30 acres of vineyards, with the crown jewel, the Saumagen vineyard highlighting the line-up.  Make no mistake about it, this is one of the greatest vineyards in all of Germany, and Koehler-Ruprecht is well-known for having an array of bottlings from this vineyard, depending on what the vintage gives.  The limestone-based soils give intense, mineral-driven wines, with the potential to age for a long period of time.

A rising star in Germany, and all-around good guy, Dominik Sona is the current winemaker at Koehler-Ruprecht.  He has produced an incredible range of 2010’s.  It is a vintage that offers intensity and richness while at the same time retaining bright acidity and balance.

I’m proud to have the Chicago retail exclusive on the “Saumagen” Riesling Kabinett Trocken.  If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of the 60 bottles that have arrived, you will be well-rewarded with a delicious wine!

Super complex notes on the nose of Meyer lemon peel, grapefruit, white flowers and mineral.  The palate reminds me of an old castle, a solid, rigid structure in the middle with citrus and apricot notes, surrounded by a moat of bright, citrus-y acidity.

People that love high acid wines are going to be happy to suck this down today, but given a few years in bottle the wine will integrate, and more secondary tones, including a classic petrol note will shine through.

If you plan to drink this today, you can enjoy it with oysters, sea bass or even a goat’s milk cheese.  As it evolves it will broaden and become even more versatile with different preparation of pork or smoked trout.  A great value given its pedigree!

$21.99 BTL. / $263.88 CASE

 

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