A Lineup of German Wines Sure to Please All Palettes

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

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About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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