Ross' Weekly Sip: Weingut Wittmann Estate Riesling Trocken
There are very few things in this world as difficult as trying to decipher a German wine label, but if dry wines are your style, there’s only one world you need to look for. Trocken. The literal translation for dry (trust me, I checked google translate), trocken Riesling, as well as all other varietals, are almost always labeled as such on the front label.
One of my favorite new finds, that had both Henry and I with jaws dropped, is the 2016 Wittmann Estate Trocken Riesling.
Though most of my favorite Rieslings come from the powerhouse regions like the Mosel, Rhiengau and the Pfalz, rarely have I come across a wine so magical from the Rhienhessen (I should note that Rhienhessen is classically known for its bulk wine, however, G Max, one of the world’s most unobtainable and lavishly expensive wines does come from the region). While the former regions rely on their beautiful, 45 degree slopes of slate to aid in warmth of the vines, the Rhienhessen counts on its limestone soils and rolling hills, similar to that of Burgundy, to add acidity and strong minerality to their wines.
While many producers around them have been making lower quality wines, the Wittmann family has been quietly producing top bottlings from the region since 1663. The estate has been organic since 1990 and biodynamic since 2004.
If you’re new to Riesling, or interested in trying a shot at a dry version (you should be), you can expect the fruit profile of great white burgundy, the body of California chardonnay without the oak or butteriness, and the acidity and minerality of Sancerre. You can also expect these wines to be great on their own, or paired perfectly with almost any cuisine, especially Asian and Indian dishes.
The 2016 Weingut Wittmann Estate Riesling Trocken is available at all Mike’s Wine & Spirits locations.
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