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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Egon Müller Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Beerenauslese

germany: Mosel, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Neal Martin, Feb 2019

I have not drunk many 1971 Rieslings, but whenever the occasion does arise, I tend to be blown away, which is what happened when Egon Müller IV poured a birth-year gem in Beaune last November.

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A Preview of 2018 and 2017 in Germany and Austria

featured, Germany, Austria

David Schildknecht, Jan 2019

In canvassing Germany’s precarious vintage 2000 for The International Wine Cellar in early 2002, I led off by observing: “The decade of the 1990s was an extraordinary one for German vintners. At its midpoint (back in Issue 64), I wrote: ‘We are in the midst of a streak of vintages utterly unprecedented in the history of German viticulture.’ And I hadn’t seen or tasted the half of it....!"

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Memorable Moments from a Turbulent 2018

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jan 2019

While I lack Neal’s talent or experience in this genre, I was invited to address one or more personal highlights of my year. If you and I are lucky, the recitation might pleasantly distract us from the symptoms of social and governmental dysfunction that have been so conspicuously in evidence. There was one vinous event in which I participated that could conceivably be set alongside the year’s many cultural calamities as “historic.”

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Carl Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Eiswein

Germany: Ruwer

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2018

We all have favorite wine estates. Von Schubert is one of mine. I don’t know exactly how many bottles I have amassed from Carl Von Schubert over the last 30 years, but frankly, I never get tired of anything I taste from the Von Schubert family.

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Rheingau and Mittelrhein Riesling 2016: Stress Test

germany: Mosel, featured

David Schildknecht, Jul 2018

The 2016 growing season in the Rheingau and Mittelrhein set weather records. But the resulting Rieslings, while variable in quality, are often impressive thanks to their balance and understated character, which stand in contrast to the vintage's meteorological extremes.

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Pfalz Riesling 2016: Restraint Rewarded

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jun 2018

Like their counterparts from Rheinhessen, the top Pfalz Rieslings of 2016 are wines of delicious and animating complexity that managed to benefit from the growing season’s chilly October.

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Rheinhessen Riesling 2016: The Triumph of Subtlety

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David Schildknecht, May 2018

In 2016, Mother Nature and Rheinhessen’s top growers seem to have made the same request of one another: “Cool it!” Happily, both complied. Without question, Rheinhessen growers have experienced two outstanding vintages in 2015 and 2016, but the latter boasts a surplus of wines that display the imponderable interplay of balance, elegance and charm, which to my palate give them a slight qualitative edge and an at least equal claim on cellar space.

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Advantage Nahe: 2016 Riesling Excellence

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David Schildknecht, Apr 2018

No German Riesling region can boast more consistent and distinctively delicious success in vintage 2016 than the Nahe, but terroir and weather don’t offer the full explanation.

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Saar & Ruwer: Beauties Despite a Bumpy 2016

Germany: Saar, Germany: Ruwer, featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Mar 2018

The Saar and Ruwer yielded a wealth of wines with improbable balance and finesse considering the meteorological extremes that characterized the 2016 growing season.

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Mosel Riesling 2016 Part 2: Longuich to Graach

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David Schildknecht, Jan 2018

I discussed the travails and eventual triumph of vintage 2016 on the Mosel in my introduction to part one of this coverage, as well as some of the mysteries that still surround it and the personalities and aging potential of the resulting wines. Estates that were most seriously afflicted by downy mildew (and a few that were strafed by hail, such as in Graach) suffered significant crop losses, but nearly every grower I visited expressed delight with his or her 2016 quality, and quite a few turned in collections to challenge those of 2015.