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
Von Schleinitz
2015 Weissenberg Single Vineyard Auslese Riesling
Straw color. Earthy, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of spiced grilled lemon and peach, smoked nuts, and volcanic rocks and ash with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, immediate honeyed apple, orange and apricot, golden raisins, and Meyer lemon and lime sorbets finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant and pure auslese riesling with rich fruit flavors and lip-smacking acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
2016 Trocken Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Signum I
2014 Trocken Lemberger
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Von Schleinitz
2015 APOLLO Dry Riesling
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe nectarines, key lime cream, gravel, and hand milled soap with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy tannins and no oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
2015 Trocken Spatburgunder
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Von Schleinitz
2015 NITOR Dry Riesling
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of peach skin, lime zest, potters clay, and dried canvas with an crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with cottony, earthy tannins and no oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Von Schleinitz
2012 Brut Riesling Mosel
Clear golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon, apple, honeyed peach, and fuel-like minerals and rubber sap with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long kiwi and lime sorbet finish with no oak. A bright, very tasty fruity sparkler that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Von Schleinitz
2015 Weissenberg Single Vineyard Riesling
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peaches, key lime custard, baked oak, and marshmallow with a lively, fruity full body and a complex, relaxed finish with papery tannins and no oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Von Schleinitz
2016 VS Kon-Secco Mosel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Art of Earth
2016 Qualitätswein Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab