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The Saar’s Deliciously Diverse 2017s

Germany: Saar, featured

David Schildknecht, Oct 2019

In 2017, the better Saar Rieslings benefited from their region’s generally cooler, breezier conditions vis-à-vis the Mosel proper, to achieve mouthwatering ripeness while avoiding unwelcome botrytis.

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Rheingau & Mittelrhein Riesling: Rising to 2017’s Challenges

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Aug 2019

With more than their share of stormy weather, both literally and figuratively, the Rheingau and Mittelrhein yielded significantly varying quality in 2017, with some exciting successes.

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Rheinhessen 2017: Perseverance Rewarded

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jul 2019

Rheinhessen Riesling vines that escaped devastation by late April frost and a savage August 25 hailstorm were still exposed to punishing May-July drought. But growers soldiered on and, with help from subsequent meteorological breaks, were rewarded with impressive results.

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Nahe Riesling 2017: Chills and Thrills

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Apr 2019

The Nahe suffered significant crop losses to April frost. But when unseasonably chilly weather arrived once again after mid-September, it proved a blessing, allowing the creation of wines that combine aromatic finesse and textural allure with invigorating energy and infectious sheer juiciness.

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German Riesling 2017: No Pfalz Sense of Security

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Mar 2019

Following a growing season that their 20th-century predecessors would have considered an impossible dream come true, Pfalz vintners took nothing for granted – and were handsomely rewarded.

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A Preview of 2018 and 2017 in Germany and Austria

featured, Austria, Germany

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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Austria’s Riesling & Grüner Veltliner: 2016’s Challenges Met

featured, Austria

David Schildknecht, Dec 2018

The tension and excitement (in a single German word, “Spannung”) that attended the 2016 growing season for Austrian Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, as well as the resulting wines, were predictably nowhere more evidenced than in the Wachau and Kamptal. Lovers of Austrian Riesling and Grüner Veltliner are likely to discover much joy in investigating and drinking the finest 2016s.

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2016 Austrian Riesling & Grüner Veltliner

featured, Austria

David Schildknecht, Oct 2018

A growing season that presented enormous challenges also harbored opportunities, on which Austria’s top practitioners of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling capitalized to make sleek, invitingly fragrant wines of intricacy, charm and alcoholic moderation. The best are often more exciting than their 2015 counterparts.

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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.