Seehof, Riesling Trocken 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments. His Rieslings are clean pure examples of what can be done when grown in limestone soils, showcasing the rich marbly texture, contrasted by energetic acidity. To counter this excellent quality, the prices are gosh darn hard to beat, particularly for this competitively priced “basic” estate Riesling.
Weingut Keller, Gruner Silvaner Trocken 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
At the turn of the 20th century, Traben-Trarbach was one of the wealthiest towns in the Mosel. It was the beating heart of the trade in what were largely considered the greatest wines in the world: Mosel Rieslings. Much of the grand architecture of Traben-Trarbach was built during this period – the stunning Jugendstil (“Art Nouveau” in French) Hotel Bellevue is perhaps the most iconic building of the village.
Most importantly, however, the dawn of the 20th century was the height of fame for the vineyards that Weiser-Künstler now farm. This is a place, literally, where roots run very deep; you can taste that profundity in the wines. Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler are as soulful as the vineyards they farm; this is a micro-estate
with only around 4 hectares total. They very literally do everything by hand, working the sites both organically and bio-dynamically. They are in the vines daily and it’s immediately obvious that this is where they’re most comfortable – it’s obvious that they love their vineyards.