A mid-slope view of the Euchariusberg vineyard

The Webers of Falkenstein

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To visit the Webers of Hofgut Falkenstein is to know that practiced fingers still dapple embossed ribbons in measured sequence for no more considered reasons than pride of craft and tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To know that many generations of a single family continue to care for historic Saar vineyards is a reassuring constant in a diminishing viticultural region, where once great vineyards now lay fallow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in a pastoral enclave of the Saar valley within Germany’s Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, the Webers took on the responsibility of resurrecting a historic estate and surrounding vineyards in 1985. Erich Weber restored the historic Hof by hand (pictured below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, around the village of Krettnach, the Webers grow old vine Riesling in the gray slate, quartz, and sandstone soils of the Euchariusberg vineyard and in the gray slate and green basalt speckled soils of the Altenberg vineyard (pictured below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the village of Niedermennig, they grow old vine Riesling, along with Spätburgunder in the gray slate soils of the Sonnenberg vineyard.  All told, the average age of their Riesling plantings is between 40 to 60 years old and 40% of those vines are ungrafted.

The tack in the cellar remains resolutely traditional, minimalist, and very much a family affair (Johannes Weber & Peter pictured below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Falkenstein, these are more than shiny, hollow tenets. They are clarity of purpose to establish a traceable line from individual sub-parcels within each vineyard to immaculately aged 1000L wooden fuder, each giving distinctly numbered batches of bottles. In detail, this means that grapes from each sub-parcel within each vineyard are fermented with native yeasts, inside individual fuders, and the wine from each fuder is individually bottled, without resorting to blending wine from several fuders to achieve a more generically palatable style. This is unwavering belief in terroir and it undoubtedly contributes to the Webers wines being among the most hi-toned and mineral-driven in all of Germany.

The Webers of Hofgut Falkenstein represent the vibrant continuation of the most uncompromising tradition of refreshingly lean and zippy Saar Riesling. We’re proud to release their delicious and age-worthy 2014 wines alongside a few remaining bottles from previous vintages.

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Nieder. Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Two of the Webers' parcels in the Herrenberg are the lower slope, "Kleiner Klaus", with 65-year-old Riesling vines planted in soils of majority blue and gray slate with a bit of quartz. The other parcel is higher on the slope and is called Zuckerberg. This bottling carries aromas of fennel, honeysuckle, white peach, star anise, and a hint of petrol at the backend. On the palate, this is classic dry Falkenstein with a bracing minerality that offers notes of melon and lime zest before a zinging lemongrass finish.        (A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 1 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken

This is the more approachable of the dry Rieslings from Falkenstein. There is more structure and extract, with aromas of apricot, seagrass, and fresh flowers. Mouth-watering, mineral, brisk, and tangy, with a little texture on the finish, this is wonderfully pure, drinkable, refreshment. Jonathan Kemp

(A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 7 15)

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb

Over 100 years ago, the Krettnacher Altenberg was among the few highly rated Saar vineyards and the quality of its wines remains unassailable. Erich Weber inherited a south-facing, old vine Riesling parcel in a side valley of this storied vineyard. The resulting wines are always inspiring. This bottling's nose begins with a one-two of floral and herbal aromas including notes of white flowers, hyacinths, chervil, and sage before shifting to lemon meringue and starfruit. The palate is poised on a fine edge of minerality with aromas of sea salt and Granny Smith apples before a savory and lingering, umami finish.  - David Salinas                        

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb

The Niedermenniger Herrenberg is in full bloom in this weighty and balanced, barely off-dry Riesling. A wonderfully expressive nose offers aromas of honeycomb, papaya, and orange zest. The palate is broad and mouthwatering, gliding along with notes of peppermint and tarragon before a crystalline clean green plum finish.

(A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 2 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Riesling Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spät Feinherb 1.5 L

The Niedermenniger Herrenberg is in full bloom in this weighty and balanced, barely off-dry Riesling. A wonderfully expressive nose offers aromas of honeycomb, papaya, and orange zest. The palate is broad and mouthwatering, gliding along with notes of peppermint and tarragon before crystalline clean green plum finish.

(A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 2 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2014 Saar Nieder. Herrenberg Weissburgunder Spät Trocken

The Weber's 2013 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) was a fan favorite last year and it looks like we're in for a repeat performance. This is Saar Weissburgunder and that means a remarkable lightness, lift, and almost electric verve. Pinot Blanc recast in a lighter more vibrant mold. The 2014 offers aromas of white flowers, orange blossom, and Golden apples. The palate is strikingly refined, lithe, and pure, while showcasing a cavalcade of aromas of apples (red, green, gold), pears, and quince through to a citrus brine finish. Flat out delicious! (A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 8 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2013 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Ries Sekt Brut

The notably dry and savory 2013 Saar Riesling Sekt brut is poised to become one of our go-to sparklers with almost endless food applications. An entrancing nose offers up aromas of fennel, star anise, lilacs, honeycomb, and lime blossom. The palate is minerally alive and humming with ginger coulis and lime zest that carries through to a freshly chopped chive finish. Complex and delicious.

(A.P. Nr. 3 525 672 0012 15)

- David Salinas

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2013 Saar Krettnacher Euchariusberg Ries Auslese

Up in the clouds, hidden from the western winds, steep, and perfectly south-facing, the Euchariusberg vineyard produces higher sugar levels but the grapes always retain their acidity. The Auslesen from here are very old-school, with an ethereal drinkable quality and little of the thick, dense, sweeter qualities many associate with the term Auslese. Instead it has a leaner profile but remarkable overall balance and poise that speaks with a clear, gentle voice that is soft and massaging on the palate. Aromas of herbs and forest floor add complexity. The selection and sorting must be excellent to produce this level of purity, where the sugars are perceptible but the layers of acid and minerals stay even through the finish, with little evidence of botrytis to be found. To say this is a fantastic value is a severe understatement, but this is Auslese one could easily drink on a daily basis, so take advantage of the price and drink up. Jonathan Kemp

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2011 Saar Nieder. Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Spät. Trock

There is just no comparison that we've found for the Spätburgunders of Falkenstein within Germany. The partial whole cluster pressing and partial carbonic maceration, combined with the fact that their cellar is too cold for malolactic fermentation to take place, makes these more like Loire Valley Pinot Noirs than anything else. This Spätburgunder, from the gray slate of their Sonnenberg vineyard shows more of the herbaceous character of the stem inclusion, but is still lithe, with dark fruit that reflects the warmer vintage with balanced acidity, lithe focus, and a touch of spice to balance out the darker, savory elements. A nice contrast to the brighter, leaner 2012 Spätburgunder from the Herrenberg vineyard. As with all their reds, the only sulfites added are to the empty barrels before the wine is racked. Jonathan Kemp

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