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