Hofgut Falkenstein, Niedermenniger Herrenberg Rotwein Trocken AP 10, 2018

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“...planted by the Webers as Spatburgunder 25 years ago but which the authorities now say is a mutation and not legally Spatburgunder, hence the fact that the wine is bottled simply as Rotwein, meaning red wine. It was fermented and aged for 18 months in traditional Fuder casks (hence the late AP number) without chaptalization and malolactic fermentation. This bright red colored wine offers a beautiful nose made of cranberry, confectionary cherry, sweet strawberry, barbeque herbs, and a classy hint of clove. It proves nicely suave and silky yet also mistakenly racy on the palate, and leaves a succulently fruity feel in the beautifully light-footed finish. The aftertaste is light but also superbly packed with flavors, as one can learn to know it from the Loire Valley, for instance. This is a gorgeous red wine for lovers of the lighter expression of the genre. Now-2028” -- Mosel Fine Wines

 

This is a superb vintage in the Mosel, and winemaker Johannes Weber made exactly the wines he wanted to make:  Airy, elegant, light and aromatic.

 

2019 was another hot and early year, but the now-to-be-expected heat spike happened much earlier in the summer when berries were not accumulating sugar yet and final acidity was very high. The heat was a blessing and a curse as it caused intense sunburn with many berries burning off and yields were staggeringly low. What did survive increased in quality by concentrating the bunches that survived and thickening their skins, adding more intensity to the final wines.

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Hofgut Falkenstein

Erich Weber's Hofgut Falkenstein embodies much that we love about our favorite German wines. There is the meticulous, hands-on farming. There is the love of nature and a strong non-interventionist spirit. There is the deep respect for tradition. There is the great terroir of the Saar.

For years, Falkenstein's wines could not easily be purchased here in the United States, as the winery—with only 8 hectares' worth of wine to sell—only sold directly to consumers. A few years ago, however, they started working with importers here in the U.S., and many of us fell in love with the wines right away. Falkenstein's fame grew so quickly that the estate now belongs to a tiny group of elite German producers whose wines are subject to strict allocations.

There are lots of interesting details about Falkenstein, and not much space here, so I'll just focus on a couple. Falkenstein is one of the few producers we know that does everything in barrel. The wines ferment in barrel and then just stay there for their elevage. This is a winery with no tanks. It's how the ancients did it, and it works.

All of this, along with the Saar's geology and climate, help Eric produce wines that are feather light, yet deeply concentrated with a distinctly mineral quality and trademark Saar acidity. This being Germany, the bulk of what the estate produces is Riesling and they are amongst our top picks.

Details

  • Country

    Germany

  • Region

    Mosel

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied