German Wines–Older Vintages and Some New Ones Too
At times it seems that the best wines for summer are German wines. They are light, scented, refreshing with zippy acidity, and satisfying. I think they are wonderful anytime. There are differences. If anything, riesling, which produces the majority of fine German wines, ages wonderfully and if you have not yet experienced a mature riesling, you are missing out on some of the wine world’s best experiences. For some reason it seems that “common knowledge” says that light white wines like German wines, don’t age. In my experience, they age very well, sometimes better than most reds and definitely better than high alcohol, full throttle whites.When German estates release older vintages, it means they wanted to keep those wines for bottle aging since their quality would improve. When we have the opportunity to purchase them, Corti Brothers typically buys them. In this list of wines you have some older vintages, just released from their estates, and some newer vintages showing aging potential and downright delicious-ness.
There are some choice late harvest, botrytised wines which are really excellent, having won local and national tasting awards in Germany. These awards mean highest quality and the awarded wines are generally snapped up by the national market, rarely exported. If you have never experienced eisweins or trockenbeerenauslesen, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted with them, for they are wonders of the natural sweet wine world. They are not so much dessert wines, but are dessert.
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