2014VonWinningWinnings2014 Weingut von Winning, Riesling “Winnings” QbA, Pfalz, Germany.
The new offering Winnings from von Winning is a beautiful and softly fruity Riesling grown on the red sandstone, loam and limestone based soils of the Pfalz near Deidesheim and is a great new addition to the fantastic set of wines produced here. This is a balanced Riesling that happens to have a bit of RS, but drinks easy and mostly dry especially on the finish, this is less severe than the previous base Trocken from von Winning and it feels perfectly weighted, bright and vital on the palate, this is also a steal at this price, coming from mostly top Cru sites. The nose has light rose petals, green tea, white flowers, sea salt and pink grapefruit leading to a palate of lime, green apple, pineapple, white peach flesh and pit, chalky stones, a whiff of smoke, honey, brine and steely mineral elements. These 2014’s are delicate and aromatic, but have hidden dry extract and vibrant acidity, this one excels in finesse and feel with only the slightest hint of sugar adding a creamy note, this is pure class and easy to love Riesling, this will be a great jumping off point into their top Trocken Cru wines and is gorgeous in it’s own right, von Winning’s Winnings will be a huge hit with restaurants and savvy Riesling lovers looking for a top value. Weingut von Winning is easily one of the great estates in Germany and I highly recommend these new 2014 wines that are imported by Terry Theise and will be available late summer early fall of 2015 and later for the Grosses Gewach which were tasted as barrel samples, with less intensity of wood and subtle nature of the vintage these are going to be classics! Be on the look out for the von Winning Winnings Riesling later this year and enjoy over the next 3 to 5 years, also for the super wine geeks out there, von Winning’s Sauvignon Blanc “500” 2013 is one of the best Sauvignon Blanc’s in the Bordeaux Blanc style that I’ve ever tried, honestly it is spectacular in richness and detail, this winery is killing it right now!
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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