Von Winning 'Winnings' Riesling 2016
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Vinous Media 90
"Scheurebe- or Muscat-like scents of sage, mint, basil, lemon and grapefruit zest instantly catch your attention, while muskmelon and white peach offer luscious fruit fundament on a silken, buoyant palate. Twenty grams of residual sugar support the fruit while remaining virtually undetectable as sweetness. A colloquy of citrus, herbs, melon and subtly sweaty salinity renders the cooling, stimulating finish mouthwatering and next-sip-inducing. This year’s rendition relies significantly on fruit from the Forster Bischofsgarten ... read more
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Item ID: #30319
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Screw Cap

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Vinous Media 90
"Scheurebe- or Muscat-like scents of sage, mint, basil, lemon and grapefruit zest instantly catch your attention, while muskmelon and white peach offer luscious fruit fundament on a silken, buoyant palate. Twenty grams of residual sugar support the fruit while remaining virtually undetectable as sweetness. A colloquy of citrus, herbs, melon and subtly sweaty salinity renders the cooling, stimulating finish mouthwatering and next-sip-inducing. This year’s rendition relies significantly on fruit from the Forster Bischofsgarten – actually closer to Friedelsheim – and from Freinsheim, a village whose underrated vineyards are now becoming better known through the notoriety of Weingut Rings, also profiled in this report. (For background on the “Winnings” cuvée, rendered solely for the US market, consult my reviews of its first two installments, from vintages 2014 and 2015.) -- David Schildknecht"

Tasting Notes
If you loved the 2014 and 2015— and if you didn’t we need to send out a search party for your heart— you’ll find this one happy, happy, happy. Stronger than ’14, it’s also both drier and richer. And that’s as it should be; the pittance of sweetness it contains will rise and fall with the structure of each year’s wine, because that’s what sensible vintners do. The others just set up a formula and the wine “has—XY— grams of sugar and zat’s zat.” Nuh-uh, not us. This will always be teasingly dry and teasingly sweet so you’ll keep changing your mind (“Wait, it’s a dry wine, no, it’s a sweet wine, no wait, it’s a dry wine again….”) while the bottle empties faster than you could have imagined. I am very proud of this wine, because it was made in friendship and with a ton of heart, and it’s as smart and yummy as a wine can be. — Terry Theise

The Estate
The fact that this estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines in Germany is no fluke, rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stephan Attman’s commitment to both dedicated cultivation of Deidesheim and Forst’s best sites and meticulous work in the cellar. Under the same ownership and winemaking team, the Dr. Deinhard label is designated for fruity styles vinified in stainless steel while the Von Winning label is reserved for the Grosses Gewächs sites vinified dry and in wood. Von Winning maintains some of the oldest parcels in Grosses Gewächs vineyards smattered across Forst, Deidesheim, and Ruppertsberg. Attman’s every decision is informed by great enthusiasm and experiences at estates in the Cote d’Or and abroad. For example, Attman’s newer vines are planted at a very high vine density- 9500 vines per hectare, as opposed to the more typical less than 5000. This creates competition amongst the vines, forcing the roots to grow deep, naturally reducing yields. Attman has adopted the single cane trellising system, prevalent in Burgundy, and Grosses Gewächs wines ferment in 500mL French barrels. Von Winning practices organic and sustainable viticulture.

Attmann describes his winemaking as “not doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.” The estate’s premium wines are treated with a minimalist approach and with the highest respect in the cellar. Gentle clarification, a natural and spontaneous fermentation and the abandonment of fining agents create wines with a distinctive indigenous and very elegant style. Pumping the juice or wine is never necessary in the gravity flow winery, allowing for minimal, and gentle vinification.

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Von WinningsTerry's WINERY OF THE VINTAGE in 2013 & 2016!

The fact that this estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines in Germany is no fluke, rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stephan Attman's commitment to both dedicated cultivation of Deidesheim and Forst's best sites and meticulous work in the cellar. Under the same ownership and winemaking team, the Dr. Deinhard label is designated for fruity styles vinified in stainless steel while the Von Winning label is reserved for the Grosses Gewächs sites vinified dry and in wood. Von Winning maintains some of the oldest parcels in Grosses Gewächs vineyards smattered across Forst, Deidesheim, and Ruppertsberg. Attman's every decision is informed by great enthusiasm and experiences at estates in the Cote d'Or and abroad. For example, Attman's newer vines are planted at a very high vine density- 9500 vines per hectare, as opposed to the more typical less than 5000. This creates competition amongst the vines, forcing the roots to grow deep, naturally reducing yields. Attman has adopted the single cane trellising system, prevalent in Burgundy, and Grosses Gewächs wines ferment in 500mL French barrels. Von Winning practices organic and sustainable viticulture.

Attmann describes his winemaking as "not doing the wrong thing at the wrong time." The estate's premium wines are treated with a minimalist approach and with the highest respect in the cellar. Gentle clarification, a natural and spontaneous fermentation and the abandonment of fining agents create wines with a distinctive indigenous and very elegant style. Pumping the juice or wine is never necessary in the gravity flow winery, allowing for minimal, and gentle vinification.

Vineyard area: 40 hectares
Annual production: 23,000 cases
Vineyard holdings:
Deidesheim – Mäushöhle, Herrgottsacker, Paradiesgarten, Leinhöhle (all löss, loam, red sandstone)
Grainhübel, Langenmorgen and Kieselberg (loam, red sandstone, limestone)
Kalkofen (limestone, marl, loam)
Forst – Ungeheuer (löss, loam, sandstone, basalt)
Kirchenstück (sandy loam, red sandstone, basalt)
Ruppertsberg – Reiterpfad (sandy loam, red sandstone, limestone)

For more information, please view the Terry Theise catalog here.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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