The 2019s remind me of many 2016s, except at this stage they are a little more powerful and a touch less transparent. The wines are balanced with elegant tannins and good acidity. A few wines are approachable now, but in general this is a vintage for cellaring.
Here is a quick 2019 vintage report along with my first impressions of what is shaping up to be an excellent vintage.
It may seem ironic but we think of the Wagram as the most quintessentially Austrian wine region. Ironic, since it’s the newest DAC (“Districtus Austriae Controllatus,” Austria’s equivalent of the old French DOC) and far from Austria’s most famous region.
But it’s hard to think of a region that is more uniquely Austrian.
What is the greatest Wine City in the world? Vienna gets my vote. That’s probably not what you’d expect. Vienna’s certainly not the best city in the world for finding the broadest selection of the world’s wines (that has to be New York)
Few other wine countries garner the passionate, cult-like following that Germany does. Its fans—us among them—dissect and detail every village and vineyard, every bottle and producer—and yet, strangely, it’s often misunderstood and underappreciated by the greater wine-drinking public.
Well, we’re not afraid to say it: Germany is one of the world’s greatest wine countries, and we’re here to show you why.
We set out to write this Flatiron Guide to German Wines to explain not just why the wine geeks go so nutty for all things Deutsch, and not just why German wines are among the best wines for the super-casual wine drinker.
Germany is invariably associated with Riesling, but the reality is that this country is home to a huge number of grape varieties and styles of wine. Part of that is thanks to Germany’s particular climate and terroirs, along with the country’s exceptional winemakers.