2016 Kunstler Alvarinho Trocken Rheingau (Previously $45)

SKU #1353899 92 points James Suckling

 Does the Portuguese Alvarinho (the same grape as Spain's Albarino) in Germany seem absurd? Then taste the powerful and crisp wine that has considerable herbal and mineral complexity at the long finish. Best through 2022.  (8/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Künstler's 2016 Alvarinho is a very good wine that will quickly acquire its fans: Packed with bright tropical fruit and ripe peach aromas along with mineral notes, this is a round and slightly sweet white with lush and mouth-filling fruit that is structured by remarkably fresh acidity. This Alvarinho is more fruit-intense and rich compared to the finer Riesling, and it fits perfectly into Gunter Künstler's elegant and fruit-driven style. (SR)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Importer's notes: "Um, what? Here’s one of a kind! Gunter brought it back with him from a vacation in Portugal (“I liked it!”) and it’s a kind of bizarre classic. Fennel-frond and walnut oil; it’s bone dry and less snappy than this variety in its cheap-&-cheerful versions, but there’s infinite character, density and clarity; the back-palate is raspy and rock-dusty. A jet-blast of Albariño. So!" (Terry Theise)


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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau