Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Decanter: Best Dry German Rieslings Vintage 2012, Germany, 2014

Pictures: At Kloster Eberbach with Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach's Head Winemaker Ralf Bengel. The Kloster Eberbach, Hessische Staatsweingüter, Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Großes Gewächs, Rheingau received 95pts - the highest score - in the tasting

Decanter tasted 88 dry German Rieslings and issued its results in its September issue. The scores: 1 Outstanding, 10 Highly recommended, 64 Recommended, 10 Fair, 3 Poor and 0 Faulty.

I have re-released the reviews of the outstanding and the 10 highly recommend wine(s) below. I have added photos and links to relevant postings on schiller-wine.

Joel Payne, Editor-in-chief of the Deutschland Gault Millau WeinGuide, provided introductory remarks: DRY GERMAN RIESLING is, for some, an oxymoron. And yet most German Rieslings were dry 100 years ago, when they were the most expensive wines in the world. It was only in 1971 that a change in legislation allowed an avalanche of cheap, sweet plonk to flood the market. Quality, style and individuality soon took a back seat. Although a short period of euphoria ensued, the market quickly woke up with a hangover that left lasting damage to Germany’s reputation.

Only in the past 15 years has the VDP, the association of Germany’s leading producers, attempted to resurrect the old traditions with the concept of großes gewächs, which is German for grand cru, for dry wines. The idea is that such wines from the finest sites should be dry, like their ancestors, and embody the pinnacle of German production. Three goals for großes gewächs were outlined and continue to be followed: 1) only the best sites produce vineyard-designated wines, 2) yields are limited and 3) levels for ripeness are set high enough to ensure the production of fine wine.

None of this was legally binding until 1993 when the Rheingau presented its map of classified sites to the state government. Thereafter wines from those vineyards were allowed be labelled as erstes gewächs (first growth). In 2001 several other regions ratified their own classifications and in 2002 the term großes gewächs (grand cru) was chosen to differentiate them from those of the Rheingau, which has legal precedence for the sole use of erstes gewächs. In 2003 the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer settled on erste lage (first site), to designate wines of similar stature. The introduction of a new, four-tier system last year should make things simpler to understand. Große lage (great site), is the German equivalent of grand cru. Given that spätlese and auslese can also be produced in these vineyards, the term großes gewächs denotes a dry wine. Erste lage (first site), corresponds to premier cru. Below that are village wines, and at the base the varietal designates that would be labelled just Riesling, Grauburgunder or Pinot Noir. Although different flavour profiles abound, most regions are finding a true voice. While excellent dry Rieslings can be made on the Mosel, most great examples come from the Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Pfalz, with the latter making the lion’s share in terms of volume. While the Rieslings from the Nahe generally show more precision and purity, those from Pfalz impress with their richness, weight and depth.

In 2012, almost all quality-driven estates bottled excellent dry Rieslings that should age well over the next five years. The Rheinhessen and Pfalz (accouting for almost half of Germany’s Riesling plantings) produced not only more volume, but also the majority of the great wines. While none of the finest großes gewächs are cheap, neither are they expensive by global standards. For readers who still think of Germany as cheap and sweet, this may come as a shock, but for the initiated it is clear that it is now time to take advantage of the value for money that these wines still offer. Many are already at twice the price they commanded only five years ago, and it would not be surprising if the cult wines double again in the next decade.

1 Outstanding Wine (95 to 100 pts)

Kloster Eberbach, Hessische Staatsweingüter, Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Großes Gewächs, Rheingau 95 pts

Decanter: This result is certain to cause controversy in Germany, where Dieter Greiner’s minimal pruning is viewed sceptically. His neighbours, whose vineyards are often as well manicured as a starlet’s fingernails, scratch their heads when they see the unchecked growth in Kloster Eberbach’s finest sites. His critics protest that he is merely trying to save money, perhaps even endangering their adjacent parcels, but he retorts that this is one of the few methods available to counter global warming, higher alcohols due to overripe grapes and, yes, irresponsibly low yields that are often not financially viable. He also cites the better health of the grapes due to the loose clusters this pruning engenders as another distinct advantage.

Pictures: Touring the Steinbergkeller with Managing Director Dieter Greiner

See also:
A Tour through the Rheingau (Germany) - Visit of 3 Prestigious, Historic Rheingau Wineries: Weingut Robert Weil, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach and Schloss Johannisberg (IRS 2014), Germany
In the Steinberg, Eberbach Abbey, Rheingau, Germany 
The Role of Government - Government Owned Wineries in Germany

10 Highly Recommended Wines (90 to 94 pts)

Kruger-Rumpf, Münsterer Pittersberg, Großes Gewächs, Nahe 17.75 (92)

Decanter: Clean nose of white flowers, fresh almonds and botrytis. A lovely, big wine with a juicy palate of peach, pear and good acidity. For being a bit of an mammoth, it has a silky middle and long finish.

Pictures: Annette and Christian G.E. Schiller in the Vineyard with Georg Rumpf

See also:
Fabulous Dinner at schauMahl Restaurant with Winemaker Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Chef Björn Andreas and Sommelier Pit Punda, Germany
Cellar Tour, Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Lunch with Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Nahe Valley, Germany
Winemaker Dinner with Georg and Stefan Rumpf and with Cornelia Rumpf at Weingut Kruger- Rumpf in the Nahe Valley, Germany
Wine Maker Dinner with Stefan Rumpf at Weinstube Kruger-Rumpf in Muenster-Sarmsheim, Germany
Visiting Georg Rumpf and his VDP Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in the Nahe Region, Germany
Schiller’s Favorites at the 2013 Riesling and Co Tasting in New York City, USA

Battenfeld Spanier, Nieder-Flörsheimer Frauenberg, Rheinhessen 17.5 (91)

Decanter: Chestnut honey and vanilla aromas. Very ripe fruit flavours with a touch of botrytis, good mouthfeel and firm attack. This has a nice balance of fruit and acidy with some yeasty notes.
Excellent.


Pictures: H.O. Spanier and Caroline Spanier Gillot at the 2. International Riesling Symposium in the Rheingau, Germany, 2014

See also:
Doepfner’s im Maingau Meets Frankfurt/Wein, with Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Chat Sauvage, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Wine Maker Couple H.O. Spanier and Carolin Spanier-Gillot, with Roland Gillot, Lead Wine Tasting of Kuehling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines at Weingut Kuehling-Gillot, Germany

Castell, Casteller Schlossberg, Großes Gewächs, Franken 17.25 (90+)

Decanter: Yellow peach and nectarine aroma with a lovely stone fruit core on the palate and backed by uplifting acidity. There is a touch of sweetness too with a noticeable acidity on the finish.

Georg Mosbacher, Deidesheimer Leinhöhle, Pfalz 17.25 (90+)

Decanter: A fresh, fragrant nose of delicate spice and peach. Lots of fruit concentration on the palate with sharp, green apple acidity. Lovely weight and structure with a long finish.

Juliusspital, Iphöfer Kronsberg, Franken 17.25 (90+)

Decanter: A meaty, almost foie gras nose with touches of honey and white flowers. The palate has great balance and structure; this gives lots of pleasure and has a long finish.

Künstler, Hochheimer Kirchenstück, Großes Gewächs, Rheingau 17.25 (90+)

Decanter: Pineapple and cream aroma. Lots of fruit, good concentration with an almost oily character. Probably some malolactic fermentation here. A long, zesty, spicy finish.

Picture: Gunter Kuenstler, Weingut Kuenstler and Annette Schiller, Ombiasy Wine Tours

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller at Weingut Kuenstler in Hochheim (2013)

See also:
Weingut Franz Kuenstler, Hochheim, Rheingau, Joins Terry Theise Portfolio, USA/Germany
The Wines of Franz Kuenstler from Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany
Germany's Top 18 Winemakers - Feinschmecker WeinGuide 2013
Kuenstler, Meyer-Naekel, Wirsching – Winemaker Dinner at Kronenschlösschen in Hattenheim, Rheingau, Germany
Franz Kuenstler, Founder of the Renown Franz Kuenstler Estate in Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany, dies at Age 84
Franz Kuenstler, the founder of the Weingut Franz Kuenstler, was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Weinfreundeskreis Hochheim, Germany
Wine Video: German Top Wine Maker Gunter Kuenstler interviewed by Hendrik Thoma
World Class Wines in Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany - Weingut Kuenstler
Five Hochheim (Rheingau) Winemakers Presented their Vintage 2011 Wines in Hochheim, Germany

Von Racknitz, Vom Kieselstein, Nahe 17.25 (90+)

Decanter: Stony minerality on the nose, with classic lines and fruit concentration. Exciting on the palate too – it is as ripe as a Pfalz wine with white flowers and peach. Long finish.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Matthias Adams, Weingut von Racknitz, at 2014 Apfelwein Weltweit, see: 2014 Apfelwein Weltweit - Apple Wine World Wide - in Frankfurt, Germany: Schiller’s Favorites
See also:
The (Grape) Wines and the Apple Wine of Weingut von Racknitz, Germany
Freimuth, Rüdesheimer Bischofsberg, Großes Gewächs, Rheingau 17 (90)

Decanter: Citrus and spice nose that is clean and pleasant. The palate is lively and big with a bit of sweet cream and a good acid backbone. A very interesting style.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Karin Freimuth at Weingut Alexander Freimuth, Rheingau, Germany
See also:
With Karin Freimuth at Weingut Alexander Freimuth in Geisenheim, Germany – a Profile

Dr Wehrheim, Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Köppel, Großes Gewächs, Pfalz 17 (90)

Decanter: Very floral with good mineral qualities and nice spice. White stone fruit palate with good weight and structure; firm but not too acidic – a true classic.

Emrich-Schönleber, Monzinger Halenberg, Großes Gewächs, Nahe 17 (90)

Decanter: Cooking apple and dried herbs on the nose with brioche notes. The palate is concentrated with apple and pear characters and the finish is balanced and powerful.

schiller-wine: Related Postings

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New Developments in German Wine - Annette Schiller at the German Wine Society in Philadelphia, USA 

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An Unfortunate, Uninformed Report about Dry German Rieslings in the Decanter - The World's Best Wine Magazine

A Tour through the Rheingau (Germany) - Visit of 3 Prestigious, Historic Rheingau Wineries: Weingut Robert Weil, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach and Schloss Johannisberg (IRS 2014), Germany

In the Steinberg, Eberbach Abbey, Rheingau, Germany

The Role of Government - Government Owned Wineries in Germany

Fabulous Dinner at schauMahl Restaurant with Winemaker Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Chef Björn Andreas and Sommelier Pit Punda, Germany

Cellar Tour, Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Lunch with Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Nahe Valley, Germany

Winemaker Dinner with Georg and Stefan Rumpf and with Cornelia Rumpf at Weingut Kruger- Rumpf in the Nahe Valley, Germany

Wine Maker Dinner with Stefan Rumpf at Weinstube Kruger-Rumpf in Muenster-Sarmsheim, Germany

Visiting Georg Rumpf and his VDP Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in the Nahe Region, Germany

Schiller’s Favorites at the 2013 Riesling and Co Tasting in New York City, USA

Doepfner’s im Maingau Meets Frankfurt/Wein, with Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Chat Sauvage, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Wine Maker Couple H.O. Spanier and Carolin Spanier-Gillot, with Roland Gillot, Lead Wine Tasting of Kuehling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines at Weingut Kuehling-Gillot, Germany

Weingut Franz Kuenstler, Hochheim, Rheingau, Joins Terry Theise Portfolio, USA/Germany

The Wines of Franz Kuenstler from Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany

Kuenstler, Meyer-Naekel, Wirsching – Winemaker Dinner at Kronenschlösschen in Hattenheim, Rheingau, Germany

Franz Kuenstler, Founder of the Renown Franz Kuenstler Estate in Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany, dies at Age 84

Franz Kuenstler, the founder of the Weingut Franz Kuenstler, was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Weinfreundeskreis Hochheim, Germany

Wine Video: German Top Wine Maker Gunter Kuenstler interviewed by Hendrik Thoma

World Class Wines in Hochheim, Rheingau, Germany - Weingut Kuenstler
 
Five Hochheim (Rheingau) Winemakers Presented their Vintage 2011 Wines in Hochheim, Germany

The (Grape) Wines and the Apple Wine of Weingut von Racknitz, Germany 

With Karin Freimuth at Weingut Alexander Freimuth in Geisenheim, Germany – a Profile




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wine Personalities in the World (Wikipedia List, July 2014)

Pictures: Ernst Loosen, Annette Schiller, Ombiasy PR and WineTours, and Christian G.E.Schiller at  Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel Valley, Germany

This is an interesting list.

See also:

The 2013 Decanter Wine Power List
Top 100 Global Wine Tweeters - 2013
Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry – The 2013 IntoWine List,USA
The 100 Most Influential Wine Peeps on Social Media (Mid-2014)

Wikipedia List of Wine Personalities in the World (July 2014)
schiller-wine: Related Postings

The 100 Most Influential Wine Peeps on Social Media (Mid-2014)

The 2013 Decanter Wine Power List

Decanter 2011 Wine Power List: I am – With my Fellow Amateur Wine Bloggers Around the World – # 16 on the List

Global Wine Consumption and Production

Top 100 Global Wine Tweeters - 2013

Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry – The 2013 IntoWine List, USA

Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry – The 2012 IntoWine List

China's Wine Boom: Is Jeannie Cho Lee the New Robert Parker?

The Forbes List of Rich People and Wine

Trends in the global wine market: old world, new world, emerging wine countries

A Global View: Who Makes and who Drinks Wine?  

Wine Consumption by Country: Total and Per Capita

2014 Wine Blog Awards Finalists

Social Media Wine Influencers and #Winelover-s (2013)

Complete List of Wine Blogs in the World (April 2013)


    Monday, September 29, 2014

    New Vintage Tasting at Schlossgut Diel, with Armin and Caroline Diel, Germany, 2014

    Picture: Caroline and Armin Diel Presenting their New Wines

    Caroline and Armin Diel presented their new wines, followed by a fine luncheon, at Schlossgut Diel to 50 or so wine journalists, sommeliers and trade people. A reception in the garden of the estate preceded the tasting. Following the tasting and before the luncheon, Armin Diel showed us the Schlossgut Diel estate. Monika Diel (wife of Armin) and Silvain Taurisson Diel (husband of Caroline) led the kitchen grew and prepared a first class lunch, fitting the first class Diel wines. As usual, the presentation also included the wines of a guest winery; this year, it was Domaine Robert Chevillon from Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Bourgogne.

    Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller at Schlossgut Diel

    Also present were Caroline and Armin’s team, including Christoph Friedrich, who has been oenologist at Schlossgut Diel for the past 16 years, and Nathan Pettett, from Long Shadows Vintners in Washington State, were the Riesling Poet’s Leap is produced in a joint venture between Long Shadows Vintners and Schlossgut Diel.

    See also:
    Caroline and Armin Diel, Schlossgut Diel (Nahe Valley), Presented their New Wines (Vintage 2012), Germany
    Visiting Armin and Caroline Diel and their Schlossgut Diel in Burg Layen in Germany
    President Obama Serves a “German” Riesling at State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao
    Visiting Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington State - Where Armin Diel’s Poet’s Leap Riesling is Made, USA
    Terry Theise: German 2013 Vintage Wines - Highlights and Superlatives, Germany

    Schlossgut Diel

    Schlossgut Diel is one of Germany’s leading wine producers. In the US, it is imported by Terry Theise (Michael Skurnik Collection).

    Schlossgut Diel is in the town of Rümmelsheim in the Nahe Valley. The old buildings of Schlossgut Diel comprise a tower and the walled remnants of castle Burg Layen. It was built prior to 1200 and changed hands numerous times. Over the course of time, three castle buildings were erected in the location, with different aristocratic owners, and with extensive holdings of vineyards and agricultural land. The Schlossgut in its present form was purchased by a forefather of Caroline and Armin Diel, in 1802, after the family had already leased the land for several decades. From 1792 to 1796 Napoleons troops conquered German territory on the left bank of the Rhine declaring it French.

    The vineyard area is 22 hectares and annual production 13,000 cases. Grape Varieties: 65% Riesling, 20% Grauburgunder, 10% Spätburgunder, 5% Weissburgunder. Bottle-fermented (and hand-riddled) sparkling wines are also produced.

    Schlossgut Diel is a member of the VDP. In terms of sales, Schlossgut Diel sells 25% to private clients, 25% to fine restaurants, 25% to the German wine trade and 25% is exported.

    Caroline Diel

    Caroline conducted the wine tasting. She told me at an earlier occasion that she spent the last 2 high school years in a boarding school in California, south of San Francisco. Initially, Caroline wanted to study hotel management but ended up going to the famous Geisenheim college and study winemaking. She also interned quite a bit and at well-known wineries, for almost a decade: In 1998 for 3 months at Chateau Pichon-Lalande in Bordeaux; then at the German Weingueter Jost (Mittelrhein) and von Winningen (Pfalz); then at the Champagne House Ruinart; in 2004 in South Africa at Vergelegen and at Romanee Conti in the Bourgogne; in 2004, after she got her Diploma at Long Shadow Vintners in Walla Walla in Washington State, where Diel’s Poet’s Leap Riesling is being made; for a whole year at Schloss Halbturn in the Burgenland in Austria and finally at Rippon Vineyard in New Zealand. With this huge experience, she returned home to make wine at Schlossgut Diel. For a number of years now, Caroline has been in charge of the wines of Schlossgut Diel.

    Caroline is married (to Sylvain Taurisson Diel, a Frenchman) and is the proud mother of 3 little children.


    Pictures: Caroline Diel

    Armin Diel

    Armin welcomed the guests, but let Caroline talk when it came to the wines. Armin Diel took over the estate from his father in 1987. A few years ago, he handed over to his daughter Caroline. Her brother Victor is working on the marketing side, based in Hamburg in the northern part of Germany.

    Armin Diel carries several hats. First, he is the senior boss of Schlossgut Diel. Second, he is VDP President of the Nahe region. Third, until very recently he was the co-editor, jointly with Joel B. Payne of the Gault Millau WeinGuide, Germany’s leading wine guide. Fourth, more generally, Armin Diel has built up a reputation as gastronomic and wine journalist since the early 1980’s, and is a member of numerous national and international tasting panels. He has moderated gastronomic TV series, written accompanying books and accompanied culinary wine tours.


    Pictures: Armin Diel

    Reception

    Sekt, Cuvee Mo

    Gerstl: Pinot Noir und Pinot Blanc. In 10–20 Jahre alten Barriques vergoren, 6 Monate im Fass auf der Hefe gereift, 61 Monate Hefelager, unfiltriert abgestochen und auf die Flasche gezogen, brut nature, null Dosage. Dieser Duft betört die Nase, erinnert mich mit seinen nussigen Aromen stark an Krug (ich hatte im Januar in Davos das Vergnügen einer ausgiebigen Krug-Probe, bei der alles dabei war bis zum Clos du Mesnil). Ich gebe zu, nicht der grosse ChampagnerKenner zu sein, aber dieser Sekt von Diel begeistert mich restlos, er übertrifft an Feinheit die meisten Champagner, die ich kenne. Was für ein köstliches Aromenbündel, die Extraktsüsse ist ein Traum, kommt noch schöner zur Geltung als bei einem Sekt mit Dosage. 19+/20

    Terry Theise: This is quite an achievement, and I don’t remember a more ambitious sparkling German wine. Named for Armin’s lovely wife Monika, it’s 70-30 PN-P-Blanc, disgorged 1/11, and if you can imagine Krug minus the chalk and Meunier, you can imagine this singular and striking wine, all the way to its impeccable integration of wood, and the masculine birch-smoke finish. It trumps many zero-dosage Champagnes, in fact (having exactly 0.8g RS), and I can’t recall another thing like it.





    Pictures: Reception

    Portfolio Presentation: 4 Rieslings and 3 Pinots

    2013 Eierfels Riesling 

    50% Goldloch, 50% Burgberg, made from the best grapes of these vineyards that did not go into the Grosses Gewaechs wines, kind of a second wine, fermented and aged in a (large) “Stueckfass”, mineral notes and excellent fruit.

    2013 Pittermännchen Riesling GG

    A lot of cassis notes that hang on for a long time. This year, the Pittermännchen is the most powerful of the GGs.

    Terry Theise: Schlossgut Diel owns 2,5 acres (1 ha) of this prestigious site, making it the smallest member in the exclusive circle of top vineyards of the estate. The name dates back to the 16th century when a Pittermännchen was a small silver coin and implies that the wines made here were significant in value. The soil of the southward aligned site consists of slate with a lots of quartzite and gravel.

    Caroline: 2013 was a vintage with relatively high acidity. Thus, there was an argument to counter the acidity with higher remaining sweetness. We at Schlossgut Diel did not go this route. We prefer less remaini sweetness in the 2013 Rieslings to keep the mineral, earthy notes. All our wines are in the 2 to 4 grams remaining sweetness range.

    2013 Goldloch Riesling GG

    Still closed. Needs air and time to open up. Lots of mineral, earthy, smoky notes.

    Terry Theise: Goldloch - With nearly ten acres (4 ha) Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest owner of this legendary steep site. One explanation of the name is that miners searched for gold here in the 17th century. Another is that the wines made from this site are worth their weight in gold. The key to success is in the soil. A thin layer of clay over bedrock provides power, elegance and depth to the wines.

    2013 Burgberg Riesling GG

    Terry Theise: Burgberg - Since 1997 Schlossgut Diel has owned 4.3 acres (1.8 ha) exactly half of the surface of this unique steep vineyard site with its excellent microclimate. The name Burgberg refers to the castle Burg Layen. It emphasis on the particularity of the area. The clay soil with its slate and gravel deposits sets the stage for the production of elegant Riesling wines with both finesse and aging potential.

    2013 Pinot Blanc Reserve

    Bourgogne wines have established themselves as an important component of the Diel wine portfolio. Over the years, the barrique share has increased and the “Stueckfass” share decreased. Recently, there is a trend towards used barrique. Caroline: I try not to overpower the raciness and the minerality of the Pinot with too much wood. 3000 to 4000 bottles. Rarity.

    2013 Cuvee Victor

    This is a blend of Pinot Gris (30%) and Pinot Blanc (70%). The breakthrough of this wine was in 1990, when it was served in First Class of Lufthansa. Aged in old “Stueckfass”. Again, Caroline was talking about moving away from barrique. 3000 to 4000 bottles. Rarity.

    2012 Pinot Noir Caroline

    Caroline explained that this is a “back to the roots”, “minimal intervention” wine. Even the pressing was done by feet. No new wood. “Pure fruit approach” as Caroline said. The grapes were very small in 2012. Spontaneous fermentation in large Bourgogne barrels. Unfiltered.






    Pictures: Presentation

    Poet’s Leap Riesling from Washington State

    The Diels not only make wine in the Nahe Valley, but also in Washington State: The Poet’s Leap Riesling is one of the best American Rieslings currently on the market produced in a joint venture at Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla in Washington State. Long Shadows in Walla Walla has become, in a short time, one of the premier wineries in Washington State.

    Picture: The Poet's Leap Wines

    Picture: Christian G.E.Schiller with Gilles Nicault at Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla

    It is an unusual set up: Former Simson-Lane CEO Allen Shoup works with renowned winemakers from around the world for this venture. Each winemaker produces a single wine using Washington State fruit and resident winemaker Gilles Nicault assists them to shepherd all of the wines along at Long Shadows in Walla Walla.


    Pictures: Nathan Pettett from Long Shadows Vintners at Schlossgut Diel

    See also:
    Visiting Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington State - Where Armin Diel’s Poet’s Leap Riesling is Made, USA
    President Obama Serves a “German” Riesling at State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao

    4 Premiers Crus of Domaine Robert Chevillon

    Pictures: The Domaine Robert Chevillon Wines

    Wine Cellar Tour




    Pictures: Cellar Tour

    Luncheon

    2013 Schlossgut Diel, Riesling Kabinett, with an Asian Salad

    2011 Goldloch Riesling GG, with Tafelspitz

    1996 Chateau Batailley, Pauillac, with Cheese

    2007 Schlossgut Diel Dorsheimer Pittermännchen Riesling Auslese, with the Dessert






    Pictures: Luncheon

    Thanks Monika, Caroline, Armin and Silvain

    Picture: Annette Schiller and Armin Diel

    Schiller Wine - Related Postings

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    President Obama Serves a “German” Riesling at State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao

    Visiting Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington State - Where Armin Diel’s Poet’s Leap Riesling is Made, USA

    Terry Theise: German 2013 Vintage Wines - Highlights and Superlatives, Germany

    3 Wine Tours by ombiasy Coming up in 2014: Germany-North, Germany-South and Bordeaux

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