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A Great Wine From Leading German Riesling Winemaker

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This delicious Riesling is just starting to hit its stride. The characteristics of great German Rieslings, intoxicating perfume, honeyed stoned fruit, incredible length and in great vintages the ability to age for decades, separate these great wines from all others. The 2009 Prinz Hallgartner Jungfer Riesling Kabinett is a great example at a great price. Made in one of the key growing zones for German Riesling , the Rheingau and made by master Riesling winemaker Fred Prinz. Fred stared out at big house Kloster Erbach, and has gone on to become one the finest makers of tiny quantity handmade, artisanal Riesling of the absolute finest quality. Today he has tiny 6 acre vineyard, in which he controls every aspect of vineyard management and winemaking and the results are spectacular. A Kabinett of the highest order, in a great vintage at a great price.

The world has often misappropriated the Riesling varietal and its name. Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling, and Emerald Riesling, are names applied to varieties that are NOT the genuine Riesling. So understandably, it’s quite essential that the German varietal manage to maintain its fullest identity away from all imposters. Most envious to them, is its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes; and in superb vintages, and its potential to cellar for decades (aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petroleum-like aroma.)

To add further perplexity, German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The better are labeled the following names to describe their ripeness at harvest (from less sweet to most): Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Three common characteristics of German Riesling are that they are rarely blended with other varieties and usually never exposed to oak or oak flavors (despite some vintners fermenting in "neutral" oak barrels). While clearer in individual flavors when it is young, a German Riesling will harmonize more as it ages. And in this offering, with over fours since harvest, the 2009 Fred Prinz Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling Kabinett has just begun to do that!

The Fred Prinz winery is located in “the town hall gardens” of the Rheingau – considered as a primary, geographical region for the Riesling varietal. Fred, regarded as Germany's greatest “garage” winemaker, initially made a name for himself while working part-time at the region's largest wine estate, Kloster Eberbach, Gratefully, we and the rest of the wine drinking world are supremely lucky that Mr. Prinz began to devote his time and considerable talents to making unbelievably good wines under his own label. Having started with a minuscule 1.5 acres of vineyards, has now become nearly six acres, mostly of Riesling (90%), though some Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder [literary English translation is "Late Burgundian"]) was planted, too. His quality criteria in the vineyards is one due to a powerful pruning effort, much like “greening” a garden. Vine and canopy management are paramount to produce grapes with higher sugar levels to offset the shorter maturing season, ex., when compared to Riesling grown in Santa Barbara, California.

Winemaker’s tasting notes: “A thinned out and selective harvest in several passes. A gentle press followed by a slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks. When released, it was slightly more dryer then on average, and very minerally, with laser-like acidity and a fine finish.”