2014 Gut Hermannsberg Weisser Burgunder Nahe (Dry)

SKU #1295977

Somewhat surprisingly, the Nahe often produces terrific Pinot Blanc. This is one of the best. It comes from two estate vineyards, mostly the Winzenheimer Berg, which supplies the clay and gravel soil that gives the wine a bit of opulence and heft, and the Kupfergrube, which gives the wine elegance and a fine, floral scent. Fermented in a new 600-liter casks, then immediately transferred to tank, this dry Weissburgunder (German for Pinot Blanc) delivers fresh apple, pear and luscious creamed corn with savory, pungent, and piquant hints of browned butter, sage, coriander and toasted hazelnut. The slight influence of wood balances the fruit and structure into a creamy, juicy matrix. A dynamic sense of mineral "ping" and a mouth-watering salinity add to the appeal of this buoyant beauty. An exceptional value, and deliciously versatile at the table.

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.