2017 Pfeffingen Riesling Dry

Year: 2017
Appellation: Pfalz
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 88
Vinous Media: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"A charming dry version, with notes of ripe citrus, sea salt and savory spice. Shows good balance and moderate length. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. -AZ" (WS)

"Zesty grapefruit and lemon make for a penetrating nose, a tangy palate and an overall sunny disposition. The feel is quite plush and the finish is surprisingly buoyant, infectiously juicy and mouthwateringly salt-tinged. If this doesn’t wake you up (or please you!), you have problems. (In its home market, this Pfeffingen dry Gutsriesling is labeled – with a bit of word play – “Riesling EY mal 1.”)" (VM)

Winery Notes:
Pfeffingen is a family winery with a wine making tradition which dates back more then 250 years. Nestled in the midst of beautifully contoured vineyards, they have one goal in mind: Deliver the highest possible quality every year. The unique fossilized limestone soil in their vineyards yields wonderfully balanced Pinot Noir, perfect for the creation of a Blancde Noir. For this white wine made from red grapes only the best, fully-ripe Pinot Noir grapes were picked by hand. Since the old vineyard from which the grapes were harvested is located beside the winery, the grapes could be pressed very quickly. To guarantee the best quality possible the grapes were pressed as whole clusters with only half the pressure of a regular pressing process. As a result the color of the wine is bright and very clear. The juice was then fermented under temperature-control for four weeks. A ft er the fermentation the wine was aged sur lie (on the yeast) for four months. The wine shows lots of fruit flavors, yet is dry, with crisp acidity and great depth; very elegant and harmonious.