A Lineup of German Wines Sure to Please All Palettes

If you love German wines and can’t get enough of their Pinot noirs, Rieslings and Gewürztraminers, I’ve tasted though a case of the latest releases from Valckenberg that are sure to please.

Many are at a good price point, so they won’t break the bank.

2012 Pfluger Durkheimer Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany

A classic German Pinot noir with layered flavors of violets, cranberry, and cherry cough drop. Medium bodied, with a lot of layered goodness going on. Very good. $27.00

2013 Karl Schaefer “Sonnentropfen” Riesling, Pfalz, Germany

Lovely stone fruits and mineral that plays center stage with peach in the foreground. Medium dry and well balanced. Excellent. $29.00

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2012 Valckenberg Pinot Blanc, Rheinhessen, Germany

Fresh and round with lemon, orange and honey that leads to a medium-long citrus finish. Good. $13.00

2013 Valckenberg Gewürztraminer, Pfalz, Germany

A good amount of fruit forward peach and orange flavors that last through the medium, slightly sweet finish. Good. $14.00

2013 Saarstein Riesling Spatlese, Mosel, Germany

Intense Riesling that is crisp and balanced, with a light spattering of honey and mineral. Quite nice with a long, acidic finish. Excellent.  $42.00

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2013 Two Princes Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany

Lively and off-dry with fresh lemon flavors paired with peach and citrus. Medium long finish. Nicely balanced and flirtatious. Very good. $17.00

2012 Castell Reitsteig Spatburgunder, Franken, Germany

Fruity and full flavored with a good dose of cherry at the core. Integrated tannins that leads to a long finish. A beautiful Pinot noir that would pair nicely with salmon, pork, duck or mushrooms. Excellent. $54.00

2012 Neipperg Lemberger, Wurttemberg, Germany

Medium bodied, fruity with plum and earthy notes. Makes for a great food wine. Good.  $25.00

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2013 Johannishof “V” Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau, Germany

Good core of peaches and apricots. Lively and acidic, with a medium long finish. Makes a great sipper and food wine that pairs well with shrimp, crab or duck. Very good. $26.00

2013 Undone Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany

Crisp yet tart with a tinge of mineral that lingers in the finish. Good porch sipper. Drink now. Good. $11.00