Lotte Pfeffer and Hans Müller took over Weingut Brüder Dr. Becker from Lotte’s father in 1984. By then, organic agriculture had been practiced since the mid-1970’s on the eleven hectares of land, mainly at the base of the slopes of the Rhine. They face mostly south and southeast, maximizing the summer sun as it crosses the Rhine. This 100% Scheurebe is a blend of two different sites– one sandy the other in limestone.
Husband and wife team, Gunter and Monika Kunstler, focus on creating quality wines from their environmentally friendly estate, and this is a great expression of what they can do. Delaying the harvest as long as possible to obtain just the perfect amount of ripeness before hand picking and fermentating in all stainless steel. This is a cool wine that has both the freshness of ripe peach and grapefruit typically found in Rheingau Rieslings, but with some savory cooking spices and musk.
A harmonious blend of tradition and innovation is what Carl and Petra Ehrhard strive for with their wines. Selectively handpicked from three of their vineyards to emphasize fruit and minerality, this wine is beautifully aromatic showing notes of chalk, peach, and fresh linen on the nose with soft spice, zesty tropical citrus, and a stoney tang leaving your mouth watering for another sip.
Farming Details: Organic
Lotte Pfeffer and Hans Müller took over Weingut Brüder Dr. Becker from Lotte’s father in 1984. By then, organic agriculture had been practiced since the mid-1970’s on the eleven hectares of land, mainly at the base of the slopes of the Rhine. They face mostly south and southeast, maximizing the summer sun as it crosses the Rhine. This is a really easy wine to enjoy, fresh with a lightly floral bouquet. On the palate there's zesty acidity, nicely integrated with white fruit, lemon, apricots.
Layers upon layers of deliciousness, this amazingly balanced, complex desert wine would accompany lighter deserts like fruits tarts and unadorned cheesecake, but it would be a shame to distract from it's unfolding beauty. We only got a few bottles, and it is unlikely you will ever come across a TBA dessert wine with 10 years of age for anywhere near this price. If you like sweet wines at all, don't wait on this one.
Owned by the Petri family, who's been making wine in the Pfalz since 1655, this unusually ripe German Pinot Noir is a joy to drink. It has a fruit-forward character with a hint of cinnamon and clove on the expressive nose, followed by cherry, raspberry and blackberry on the palate with a hint of mushroom and earth. A great Pinot for a great price, we love this one.
Fully dry and full of mineral and citrus, this is a great value. Weingut Petri is unusual in Germany as they don't use any chemical pesticides or herbicides, even in the lower-priced offerings. This wine opens up with aromas of flint, petrol and lime, followed by apple, pear and peach along with citrus on the palate. With a dry, refreshing finish, this is a great wine to pair with all sorts of lighter foods, or to drink all by itself before dinner.
Jochen Dreissigacker, a rising star in the Rheinhessen region, comes from a family who have made wines at their estate vineyards near Bechtheim for over one hundred years. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel. Light color with green reflexes, fruity nose, rich, aromas of ripe fruits. Elegant in the mouth, well-balanced, long aftertaste. 6 g/l residual sugar.
A lovely whiff of pine forest greets you on the nose, followed by rich peach and apricot flavors underscored by candied ginger. Thick and luscious, yet somehow held in delicate balance by the underpinning of acidity, this would be our nectar if we were gods!
Winemaking Details: 160 grams residual sugar
A lovely Riesling made by Von Buhl, one of the most respected wineries in Germany for over 200 years. The "medium dry" on the label is a misleading translation, as this wine is essentially dry. It's also delicious! Suggestions of sweet corn, petrol, and citrus zest on the nose are followed by a subtly oily-textured, expansive, yet refreshingly bright palate that will have you smacking your lips.