Wine Review: 2013 P. J. Valckenberg Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken, Rheinhessen, Germany

Founded in 1786, the Weingut Liebfrauenstift estate is located in the German wine-growing area of Rheinhessen. The 37 acre estate is planted with Riesling and Pinot blanc, with environmentally sound agricultural practices that promote maintenance of soil structure.

An interesting tidbit about this wine is that it is produced in three lines—which all differ in fruit and complexity. The winery achieves this through meticulous pruning in the vineyard and reducing the number of shoots so that the yields remain small.  Wines with the predicates Kabinett and Spätlese are used for sweet wines, and the top line grapes are available for the Riesling Liebfrauenstift.

The 2013 Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling is extremely pleasant, with zesty lime and mineral notes that start on first sip and carry on through its medium-long finish. It’s a delicious wine with lots of character and complexity. What’s also great about this wine is its versatility when pairing it with food—try salty snacks, roasted meats, chicken, fish, crab cakes, and sauces that have a little acidity like a beurre blanc.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $13| 10.0% ABV

Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling