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2011 Hofgut Falkenstein - with Spätburgunder!

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One of our most exciting German offers last winter (if not the most exciting) was the re-introduction to the US of the wines of Erich Weber at Hofgut Falkenstein, brought to our attention by Lars Carlberg. While 2010 was a bit of an outlier vintage in Germany, the year's high-acid character was perfectly matched to Weber's style, and the wines caught many people off guard; they quickly developed a fervent following both among customers and members of the staff, especially since they offer some of the best possible values in the crowded German wine market.


Last May, Lars and I paid a visit to Erich at his family's estate and tasted through the 2011s; we've forced ourselves to be patient for many months, but we are happy to report that our selections have finally arrived and taste just as good today as they did back in the Spring. As you probably know by now if you've been following our emails, the 2011 vintage is friendlier and more generous than the severe 2010s. Weber's dry and off-dry wines are really terrific this year, and we added a special wine that's in the US for the first time, his Spatburgunder. It really has to be tasted to be believed; fresh, bright, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from the Saar of all places, where 20 years ago they couldn't even get Riesling to reliably ripen. For those in seek of high-acid, terroir-driven wines from marginal climates, look no further. In addition to making such honest, singular and delicious wines, Erich Weber is one of the kindest, friendliest and humble growers you'll ever meet. He has no problem selling all his stock to his devoted local customers in Germany, so we're incredibly grateful he is willing to share some with us here in the States. Enjoy! -jfr 

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Herrenberg Spätburgunder

There's quite a bit of bright cherry fruit here, but the wine is lean and the fruit is brilliantly cut through by the searing blade of Saar acid. This is a wild wine that couldn't be made anywhere is else in the world. It reflects its terroir, it's fresh, bright and eminiently drinkable. This has already become an in-house staff favorite and really ought to be experienced. Calling all Gamay fans.....-jfr

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Krettnacher Altenberg Ries Spät Trocken

Dry Falkenstein at its best: mineral, briny, very leafy and green. This isn't as insanely biting as the 2010; refreshingly, it's a bit more approachable, but certainly not lacking for acid. This comes from the "Kuppe" part of the hill where there's more stony, blue slate. The gentle character of the fruit and the hint of white cherry reflects the vintage, but we still like it very much. Steely, focused, lemony and bracing. This is Falkenstein in a nutshell. -jfr

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Ries Spät Feinherb

This year there were two bottlings from the Herrenberg and this comes from old vines near the top of the slope. It's absolutely delicious and one of those Rieslings that disappears altogether too quickly It's intensely mineral, and still shows the character of the vintage (ripe, juicy Riesling fruit) but there's firm acid and lean, white, stony notes. It's just barely off-dry, and perfectly balanced. One of the best Feinherbs of the vintage. -jfr

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Falkensteiner Hofberg Riesling Auslese

The Hofberg vineyard lies to the north and west of the estate and includes a tiny parcel of very old vines just southwest of the cellar. Red fruits on the nose (cherries, peaches, red apples), and classic Saar citrus notes permeate the finish. There's much higher acid here than in the 2011 Euchariusberg Auslese so we opted to sell this special bottling instead. Brilliant, brilliant acid, and intriguing herbal notes like salt and sage that cut through the sweetness. Don't get us wrong, though; in true Weber form, this Auslese still drinks like another grower's Spätlese or even a Kabinett. This is a light wine meant to go with food. I think I'll put my case aside for BYO Chinese food today... -jfr
 

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