Friday Feature- One Darn Fine Riesling

Hello and Happy Friday,


With the addition of Sheb to the Perman Wine Selections team, we are slowly gearing up to bring you more information on new wines than ever before.


About a year ago I introduced “The Wine Wire” concept to my website.


In an effort to offer you more selections throughout the course of the year, while at the same time not bombarding you with daily emails, I decided to post more information on a link on my website called “The Wine Wire.”


I didn’t do a great job last year with constantly updating or promoting The Wine Wire.  This year, with Sheb’s help, we are focusing more on this and trying to update daily.


So remember, another great way to shop at Perman Wine is to check in daily with The Wine Wire!


Also, follow me on Twitter: @permanwine


This will keep you updated on new posts and information.




Another direct result of Sheb’s addition to the store is our weekly Friday tasting called Routier.


Every Friday, stop in any time between 5 and 8 pm to sample a flight of three wines based on a theme.  We will serve a little “snack” of cheese, almonds and crackers with it.  $25 per person


This Friday, with the “warm” weather we are having in Chicago, we are craving a nice glass of crisp, white wine.  So what better Routier topic could we focus on than “The Bavarian Hinterlands: A focus on the Dry Rieslings of Austria.”


We have some seriously “baller” wines to taste tonight:


2010 Brandl Riesling “Kogelberg” Reserve


2010 Alzinger Riesling “Steinertal” Smaragd


1999 Nikolaihof Riesling “Steinriesler”


These very rare wines almost never get opened for tasting, and believe me this is well worth the $25 investment.


We are limiting tonight’s Routier to the first 20 customers that attend.


Hope to see you!


Have a great weekend,

Craig & Sheb


Friday Feature 



2008 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallastadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken


For hardcore Dry Riesling fans, today’s Friday Feature brings you one of the finest examples of the variety in the world.


For two years I’ve been attempting to land some of this magnificent wine to my store, and finally my wish came true.

Koehler-Ruprecht is a legendary producer in the Pfalz region of Germany.  The Pfalz is the largest and sunniest wine region in Germany, producing wines that have more in common with nearby Alsace in France than other well-known German regions like the Mosel and Nahe.


Koehler-Ruprecht owns 10.5 hectares of spectacular vineyard sites located around the village of Kallstadt.


It is the Saumagen vineyard, located on the Western edge of Kallstadt that is the most prestigious site of Koehler-Ruprecht, and known as one of the best vineyard sites of the region and Germany as a whole.  I recently asked winemaker Dominik Sona what makes the site so special?


“The Saumagen vineyard is a south facing slope with a limestone soil. The vineyard is high in elevation and sheltered by the forest from the west winds, which gives the grapes the chance to ripe slow. Even in warm years, we are able to pick late, due to those conditions.  The vineyard was established by the Romans. It used to be a limestone quarry in their time and after not longer using it, they planted vines on the slope or terraces.”


Koehler-Ruprecht makes a wide range of wines from the Saumagen vineyard, based on different ripeness levels.  Only in the very finest years do they make a goldkapsel wine labeled as “R.”  This wine was first introduced in the late 80’s, with the idea of producing it only when there is the right complexity and potential to age.


Regarding the 2008 vintage Dominik told me “2008 was a fantastic vintage for Pfalz.  The year was quite moderate, with a cool fall. nice TA (total acidity), complex flavors and wines. Clean grapes. But, always tough to make he decision to hold back and wait until picking the best stuff.  Patience was rule number one in this vintage!”


The quantity produced of “R” always differs, and with the 2008 vintage Koehler-Ruprecht produced a total of only 1500 bottles.


Incredible aromatics, that are just beginning to emerge.  Ripe notes of fig, honey, lime zest and peach jump from the glass.  Medium weight, with incredibly opulent citrus notes of blood orange and grapefruit peel, and bright acidity.  The finish of this wine lasts forever, and really give the perfect impression of balanced fruit and mineral notes.


This is off the charts amazing and one of the greatest young Dry Rieslings I have ever tasted.  Needless to say it is limited, and needless to say that any serious fan of European white wines, Dry Riesling, or anything that just tastes great should get their hands on a few bottles!



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