Known as the “Master” of the Nahe region, Dönnhoff here offers an outstanding Riesling at a very good price where finesse and power are in symbiosis. Medium body with brisk acidity and pure flavours of lime sorbet and white nectarine dance on the palate and finish with mineral notes that lingers. A natural with sushi and a great pairing with salmon or tuna tartare.
This Riesling is one of the best buys in German wines in terms of quality for price. You get a wine that’s bright, pale straw in colour with a minerally, honeyed citrus nose; it’s light-bodied, off-dry and fairly dances on the palate with honeyed apple and citrus flavours. It’s the kind of wine you’d want to sip before dinner or try it with Asian food or lightly curried dishes.
Leads off on the nose with striking floral scent reminiscent of violets, dark cherry fruit with a dusting of cinnamon, clove and a splash of vanilla. Thickly textured in the mouth with concentrated black cherry flavour wrapped in velvety tannins and lively, forward acidity on the finish.
From late-picked Pinot Noir grapes. Clear, pale rusty red. Medium nose of raspberries and violets. The ripe grapes make the wine taste almost sweet, with strawberry and raspberry flavours. Light-bodied with acidity in good balance with the fruit and a long finish. Drink up.
Pale straw in colour with a fresh, minerally nose of white peach and lemon; medium-bodied, dry, peachy flavour; nicely balanced with lively acidity, good length and great value.
Villa Wolf is Ernst Loosen's affordable, traditional Pfalz varietal line, combining estate fruit with contract growers. This fruity Pinot Noir rosé illustrates the Pfalz's warmness, though holds the bright acidity and direction of a purpose-picked rosé. The 4-6 hour maceration keeps the colour pale and this was macerated and aged for a short time in stainless on lees (no MLF) to preserve freshness. Like typical Pfalz Riesling, this carries a bump of RS (10.5 g/l) that sweetens wild strawberry jam, perfumed cherries, red apple, lime and pink grapefruit pith. Acidity keeps this juicy and bright, finishing with a dusting of stone and cinnamon. Lovely style showing that off-dry can still equal electricity. I hope BC is paying attention.
Opens with subtle apple, pear and delicate floral scent, evolving to zesty yellow orchard fruit together with sappy apple flavours on the palate. Supported by gravelly mineral and lively acidity, this is a fine example of Frankenwein which takes the Silvaner grape to its highest level of expression.