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
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
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
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.
Fontaine de Chocolat NV  Germany
89 points
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
Von Schleinitz 2016 VS Kon-Secco Mosel
89 points
Best Buy
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of peach, honeyed apricot, baked red apple, and orange marmalade with a crisp, bubbly, off-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed , and gingersnap finish. A refreshing, fruit Mosel gem.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2016 Qualitätswein Riesling
89 points
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Complex, clean aromas and flavors of citrus peel melange, white flowers, and nectarine with a glycerous, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intricate, medium-long wet stone, lemon bar, rose petal, and marmalade finish with coating, silky tannins. A snappy and sophisticated dry Riesling.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Petit Chocolat NV Dark Chocolate and Cream Red Wine Specialty Germany
88 points
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
Von Schleinitz 2016 Nitor Dry Riesling
88 points
Bright pale straw color. Aromas of green apple, lemon, nectarine, and almond with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length , and fennel finish. A nuanced, elegant Riesling.
88 points $19.99
Fritz de Katz 2015  Riesling
87 points
Best Buy
Yellow color. Floral aromas of fresh lemon peel, exotic flowers, and kiwi with a round, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, relaxed almond meal and peach nectar finish with fruit, fine tannins. An easy-drinking daytime Riesling.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
BEX 2016  Riesling
86 points
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of peach, lemon, orange, and green apple with a soft, dry light body and a short , lemon cake, and sour apple finish with no oak. An light-bodied, easy-drinking German Riesling
86 points $9.99 Best Buy