Tonight marks the finale of the month-long salute to German wines taking place at TasteLive. October has more-or-less been “Riesling Month” for me (not that I don’t drink Riesling pretty much every month) in helping to get the word out about the events being hosted by TasteLive and Wines of Germany.
Tonight’s twitter tasting event, at 8PM ET, is the final October Wines of Germany tasting event and will feature a handful of bloggers tasting through selections of Schloss Reinhartshausen wines from the Rheingau (the region typically home to Germany’s most austere and powerful Rieslings). There will be one more public TTL event on Dec. 3rd that will feature a sample of Rieslings from various German producers – that’s one where you will be able to join in and taste; more to come on that from both me and the folks over at TasteLive. For tonight, you’ll be able to follow along with the tasting action at the TasteLive website, or by following the #TTL search term using your favorite twitter client.
Here’s a bit about tonight’s highlighted producer, as lifted from the TasteLive website:
Schloss Reinhartshausen (Reinhartshausen Castle) has been identified with production of rare and majestic German Rieslings since 1337. Schloss Reinhartshausen embraces 15 separate vineyard sites located in the vicinity of the townships of Erbach and Hattenheim. These include a significant portion of the legendary Grand Cru Erbacher Marcobrunn vineyard, as well as the neighboring Erbacher Schlossberg site in its 15-acre entirety.
More on the wines for tonight’s event are below. Interestingly, the TasteLive website lists a Trockenbeerenauslese among tonight’s selections, and I received an Auslese (more on those terms can be found here). Not sure which one is correct. I don’t have any experience with the wines of Schloss Reinhartshausen – the notes below are not my words but have been taken from the importer’s descriptions, so take those with a grain of salt. Having said that, the descriptions have certainly whet my appetite…
Fountain Blue Riesling 2007
Current Vintage: 2007
Price Range: $12-$15
Vinification: The early start of a strictly selective harvest on September 24th produced an average yield with amazing must weights. The gentle treatment and a slow and controlled fermentation of the musts led to a fresh, fruity and stimulating wine with a crisp acidity.
Color: Pale lemon yellow.
Bouquet: Lovely aromas of white peaches, apricots, cassis and honey.
Taste: Delicate flavors of peach, apricot and citrus are uplifted by a bright acidity on the palate.
Old Vines Riesling 2007
Current Vintage: 2007
Price Range: $17-$20
Vinification: Despite a wet summer, a sunny September and October brought grapes of exceptional quality. Cool nights ensured preservation of good acidity and an optimal development of aromas. The Hohenrain, located above the old center of Erbach, is situated on a south slope with a gradient of 10%. That guarantees sunlight until the early evening hours. The site is composed of deep loess-loam and tertiary marly soil and is protected from harsh westerly winds by a 10-foot wall.
Color: Pale gold.
Bouquet: Intense fruit aromas of ripe peaches, apricot and yellow citrus fruits.
Taste: A well-integrated palate demonstrates a deft interplay of sweetness and acidity.
Erbach Schlossberg Monopole 2007
Current Vintage: 2007
Appellation: Erbach Schlossberg
Price Range: $25-$35
Vinification: The grapes for this wine are exclusively harvested by hand. They are pressed with pneumatic tank presses and the must is filtered through special juice channels during this procedure. The fermentation is temperature-controlled to maintain the vibrant aromas of the grapes. The temperature is kept low with a special cooling system for the tanks. Fermentation lasts 8-10 days.
Color: Lemon yellow
Bouquet: Fragrant aromas of citrus fruits
Taste: A full-bodied wine, redolent of white peach and exotic fruits
Erbacher Marcobrunn Trockenbeerenauslese 2006 (???)
Current Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Erbacher Marcobrunn
Vinification: The Marcobrunn vineyard site has a slightly inclined southern aspect in Erbach. This vineyard is widely regarded as the best and most famous site in all of Germany and guarantees top premium wines. The noble TBA wines come from strictly selected botrytised grapes. The immediate treating of the grapes is very important in order to keep the wines clear and to preserve their natural aromas and flavors.
Bouquet: Profoundly fragrant aromas of lychee, ginger and peach.
Taste: The aromas of lychee, ginger and peach are confirmed on the palate and linger on a long, unforgettable finish.
Hope to see you on twitter tonight!