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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Performance Riesling.
I have tasted the following wine in this Video:
2021 Rainer Sauer AM LUMPEN 1655® Silvaner GG Franken – 30 US$
2021 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf PECHSTEIN Riesling GG Pfalz – 130 US$
2019 Salwey KIRCHBERG Weisser Burgunder GG Baden – 35 US$
2019 Salwey HENKENBERG Grauer Burgunder GG Baden – 35 US$
2020 Fürst HUNDSRÜCK Spätburgunder GG Rudolf Franken – 150 US$
2019 Dautel MICHAELSBERG Lemberger GG Württemberg – 40 US$
The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 – 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 – 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 – 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 – 69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 – 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
A few weeks ago, I tasted my way through many of the best wines of Germany at the VDP PrePremiere. There where 452 wines from the best sites, and most of the best producers were available to taste, and I went through them and selected my favorites, as I have done in the past videos. This time, however, I don’t just want to focus on Germany’s flagship varietals Riesling and Spätburgunder, instead I want to show you my favorites by grape variety, including 6 of the main varietals grown in Germany …
Germany has done a good job of getting people to understand that Riesling and Pinot Noir grow well here. But only roughly a third of the vineyards are planted to those two varietals. There are other varietals than produce great wines, and I want to share my current favorites from the VDP Tasting with you.
The VDP – The Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter – is an organization of most the best produers in Germany and during the VorPremiere they give a selected group of tasters access to the most recent Grand Cru – or Grosses Gewächs – releases from those wineries. The overall quality of the wines is extremely high and I could have put together a completely different list of great wines but these are the ones that stood out for me.
I also need to add that more than 80% of the wines at this tasting were made from Riesling and Pinot Noir so the competition for 1st place was FAR more intense in those categories than for – let’s say – Grauburgunder. But now, lets start sniffing and slurping.