About German Wine

About German Wine
Ranked as tenth in terms of overall production, Germany has become synonymous with great Riesling. There are numerous styles form very dry to extremely sweet and what makes German Riesling so special is the structure to allow for aging, from seven to ten years for the finest dry versions to three or four decade for the richest dessert wine. The best examples are planted on steep slopes along the Rhine and Moselle rivers; they display a great sense of place along with a distinct minerality.

While Riesling is the best wine from Germany, other white varieties such as Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc are performing well in Germany's cool climate. The same is true for Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), which in the best examples, have the complexity and richness of a fine red Burgundy.

Most people are surprised to know that Germany is the world's leading producer of sparking wine. While much of this is inexpensive sparkling wine destined for supermarkets, there are dozens of producers who make classic methods bubblies from some of their finest Riesling Chardonnay and Weissburgunder grapes.

Top Picks for Germany

Brackenheim 2016 Trocken Riesling
92 points
$22
Golden straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of baby banana, nectarine, and pear with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a long spiced apple, almond skin, and hint of earth finish with fine, fruit tannins. A toothsome, mouthwatering riesling with bright fruit and table-friendly structure.
Awards: 2017 Best German White Wine
Signum I 2014 Trocken Lemberger
92 points
$40
Deep purple color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, dark berry chutney, chocolate espresso bean, and toasty pie crust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, medium-long marinated plums and tomatoes, pencil shavings, nutskin, and slate finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully layered and expressive lemberger with an artful balance of savory fruit and oak.
Awards: 2017 Best German Red Wine
Epos 2015 Trocken Spatburgunder
91 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of dark berries, pencil shavings, chocolate orange peel, and marinated tomato with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long white chocolate brittle, dried sour cherry, beet root, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. An appetizing, flavorful and well-structured pinot noir that will improve with age.
Bianco Nobile NV alla Vaniglia Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Curious aromas of marshmallow, cotton candy, circus peanut, candied apple, and boston creme pie with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree lemon meringue cookies finish. A sweet wine with fun flavors.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nero Nobile NV allEspresso Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark brick red color. Aromas of salted caramel latte, caramel corn, and frappucino with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a medium-length coffee Nips candy finish with soft tannins. Coffee lovers will joyfully imbibe this crushable, roasty treat.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Rosso Nobile NV al Cioccolata Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate genache, custard, and donuts with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, breezy blackberries, prune, brownie batter, and caramel frosting finish with soft tannins. A pastry-like flavored wine; sweet and delicious.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Fontaine de Chocolat NV  Germany
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate walnut fudge and black forest cake with an bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long milk chocolate shake, cherry brandy, and spiced fruit nut cake finish. A tasty chocolate and nut cake-like offering.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Holly Hill Farms NV Egg Nogg Germany
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Opaque creamy golden yellow color. Confected aromas and flavors of egg tart, ground nutmeg, vanilla bean gelato, and lemon yogurt with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a sleek, medium-length orange pekoe tea, spiced pears, sugar cookies, animal crackers, and gingersnaps finish. A creamy festive treat to brighten the holidays.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
BEX 2017  Riesling
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe kiwi in vanilla creme, sweet aloe vera, underripe pineapple, caraway, and beeswax with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length star fruit, honeysuckle, and tart pear finish with no oak. A mouthwatering, dry "gateway" Riesling packed with fruit.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Petit Chocolat NV Dark Chocolate and Cream Red Wine Specialty Germany
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Creamy brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cream pie and nutella on toast with a bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-long chocolate and vanilla custard cone, praline, spiced raisins, and pepper finish. A fun and lively sweet chocolate wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy