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Kunstler Spatburgunder Trocken Tradition 2010

Kunstler Spatburgunder Trocken Tradition 2010

Sku: P57531

I love the Rheingau wine region for its uniquely powerful, dry, very un-Mosel-like Rieslings. This tiny viticultural area, after all, boasts a greater proportion of Riesling vines than any other region in Germany, and I would venture to say that Riesling is what most wine drinkers identify the Rheingau with. Less known are what I consider to be some of the world’s best cool climate Pinot Noirs, which make up the Rheingau’s second greatest proportion of grape plantings.
The Künstler Wine Estate is quite possibly my favorite Rheingau Pinot Noir, and for that matter, Riesling producer. The Künstler family has been making wine since 1648, but not in the Rheingau. Until World War II the family’s wine estate was located in the South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic. After the war Franz Künstler was forced to leave his homeland, and in 1965 he reestablished Weingut Künstler in Hochheim, Rheingau.
Today Franz’s son Gunter and his wife Monika run the estate and continue to pursue a philosophy of uncompromising quality. Their award-winning wines are truly elegant expressions of the Rheingau terroir.
~ Rand Sieger, 67Wine Buyer

Hochheim, where the Künstler Estate vineyards are located, is the only wine growing community in the Rheingau that is located directly on the Main River. Here, the river flows around a south-facing cone-shaped hill, which means that vines are not shaded from either the east or the west. This unique south-facing location, combined with the Taunus mountain range’s protection from cold north winds, creates a Mediterranean microclimate where even this far north lemons and figs can ripen. The combination of long, sunny, summer days, light reflection and warming influence of both the Main and Rhein Rivers, and the northerly latitude allows grapes to ripen fully, creating exquisitely powerful and complex wines. Künstler’s Spätburgunders go through a traditional 10-day fermentation on the skins in closed wooden vats. Regular punch-downs of the cap ensure maximum extraction of color and flavors from the skins. After pressing and malolactic fermentation the wines undergo 12 months of aging in mature oak casks, followed by another year of aging in bottle before release. The resulting wines feature lush yet bright cherry and floral aromas backed by mint, a touch of spice, fine-grained fruit tannins, and just a hint of oak.
~ Rand Sieger, 67Wine Buyer

Food pairing
The lovely balance of fruit and spice in Rheingau Pinot Noirs make them ideal companions for a wide range of foods. An ideal match, however, is the slightly gamey richness of seared duck breast served with a simple dried cherry-Pinot Noir reduction, mashed potatoes and buttered baby carrots.
~ Rand Sieger, 67Wine Buyer

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Country: Germany
Region: Rheingau
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine

Reg. $27.99

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