Andrew Guard

2016 Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese 'Trocken', Hofgut Falkenstein

Harvested at the end of October at 90° Oechsle, this dry Riesling proves quite aromatic as pure and juicy notes of yellow peach, apricot flower, orange blossom and grapefruit peel emerge from the glass. It is intense and fruity and offers a great feeling of tartness on the palate. The finish is superbly long and smoky, and leaves a clean, fresh and refined feel in the after-taste. What a beautifully delicate dry Riesling! 2019-2031 93pts - Mosel Fine Wines 

Erich Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein makes ultra-traditional, mostly dry-tasting Saar Rieslings. He likes to call himself “Winzer Weber.” Winzer is German for winegrower. In other words, the emphasis is on the work in his vineyards. With his tan and rugged face, he looks the part, too.

Erich ferments exclusively with wild yeasts in old wooden casks in a deep, cool cellar, and most of his wines end up either naturally dry (trocken) or off-dry (feinherb). Falkenstein, therefore, is one of the rare Saar producers that specializes in distinctive, bracing, light, dry Rieslings, bottled traditionally by the cask.

Falkenstein makes light-bodied, tangy, wholesome, dry-tasting Saar Rieslings, as well as residually sweet Spätlesen and Auslesen. These are old-style wines for drinking, which often retain a lively (spritzig), natural efferverscence from fermentation. In other words, they go down well — Trinkfluss in German. © 2014 Lars Carlberg