Artisan Goes German

Schloss Marionlay

Our chums at Artisan Wine Depot invited us over for a taste of an eclectic mix of wines on June 18.   Of the many wines offered, two stood out, both German. Hence, Artisan goes German.

Frank Heyden And Family Artisan Goes German

Frank Heyden And Family

Dr. Heyden Artisan Goes German

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Weingut Dr. Heyden offered a 2011 riesling from the Oppenheimer Sackträger vineyard Rheinhessen region. Artisan’s price is $19.97. Basil and tarragon with hints of green apple, pear and citrus on the palate. Hints of smoke and cedar on the finish. Described on the label as “old vines, dry style,” this wine is not sweet. A major bargain.

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt supplied a trocken Riesling that was also very good (and also $19.97). The 2013 Schloss Marienlay opens with a luscious aroma of white peach followed by Asian pear on the palate. The finish is nicely balanced with acid. Another bargain.

Schloss Marionlay Artisan Goes German

Schloss Marionlay

The rest of the German wines were too sweet for us. But we enjoyed the two we bought!

About the author

Tony Lima has been a California wine fan since arriving in California from the east coast in 1974. He's lived the growth and expansion of the industry first hand. He's seen the fickle California Wine consumer fads pop up and burst... the craze for Zinfandel, then oaky Chardonnay, then Merlot, now Pinot Noir. His day job was Professor of Economics at California State University located in Hayward. (He retired in 2016.) His undergrad degree in chemical engineering (MIT) and his MBA ( Harvard) and Ph.D. Economics (Stanford) are the root of his interest in the Business of Wine. He is a card-carrying member of the AAWE - American Association of Wine Economists.

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