2014 Heinrich Spindler Pechstein Riesling Trocken (dry) Grosse Lage Pfalz SKU #1241461

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Young vigneron Markus Spindler is the eleventh generation of Heinrich Spindler, and was lucky enough to have inherited some of the most prized vines in the Forst region of the Pfalz. He continues his family’s legacy of sustainable farming and creates wines with nuance and precision. The Pechstein Riesling Grosse Lage is a single-vineyard wine named after the igneous rock basalt subsoil that dominates the vineyard. From the importer: "Pechstein means 'pitch stone'--like tar--and it refers to the igneous rock basalt that comprises this site. The topsoil consists of sandy-loam but the subsoil is dominated by basalt, shards of which are remnants of the mines that used to exist here over a hundred years ago. It was thought back then that the dark rocks would retain the sun’s heat and ripen the grapes, and so they were intentionally scattered throughout the vineyard by hand. Now, with climate change, this man-made terroir intervention seems curious. This is decidedly 'red' in aromatics and much more compact and dense than the Ungeheuer, despite the fact that it was entirely fermented in stainless steel. It has the cranberry’s tart outer rim but has the interior sweetness of cassis and berry compote."

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  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    8/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Fermented entirely in stainless steel, the Pechstein is elegant and concentrated, with aromas of smoke, chalk and red fruits like tart cherry plums. The waxy texture of the wine captivates your palate and wraps it in flavors of white peach, white cherry and a finish of white flowers.

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