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A pair of 2007 German Rieslings

It should go without saying that Germany produces some of the finest white wines in the world and has been doing so longer than we’ve been a country. Its history in making great white wines is often reflected in the quality of juice that comes from many of its top regions. 

Two wineries that have good distribution throughout the USA are Lingenfelder and Valckenberg – each produce affordbale wines that will enlighten many wine-lovers who haven’t tried German wines.

2007 Valckenberg “Baron K” Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.71%
  • Acidity: .82%
  • Grape variety: 100% Riesling
  • Price: $16

Nose: Attack of grapefruit pulp, lemons and limes – almost like a 7-up-ish nose. I also pick up nice hints of yicama and a white-pepper-laced rock. 

Taste: Take some desert sand and slap it inside citric fruit then top it with hints of white pepper and that’s what’s going on in this glass. The finish on this wine is incredible as it has a great bit of complexity to it – it finishes both dry and a bit sweet at the same time. This is one of the better Rieslings I’ve had in awhile. 


2007 Lingenfelder Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 10.5%
  • Grape variety: 100% Riesling
  • Price: $16

Nose: Lemon peel, river-rock, lime, kiwi, pineapple and bananna.

Taste: Awesome layers of tropical fruit on the front to mid palate – bananna peel, kiwi and lemon zest – across the mid palate it opens up more to some bananna and Capt. Crunch which finishes with some nice hints of wet stone and limestome. 

If you want to see what good-tasting, low-alcohol wines can offer-up then I’d highly encourage you to seek both of these wines – they represent a really good value in today’s commonly over-priced market.

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