This is now the third vintage of their village level cuvée made to showcase the limestone dominant vineyards, notably sourced from the hillside portions of their 1er cru Steinacker and young vine Grand cru Saumagen vineyards in Kallstadt. I was wowed from the first whiff, its cool, chiseled, white floral and smoky mineral reductive qualities announcing the flavors to come. In the mouth, such an aromatic display was confirmed in its flavors, with a bone dry but slightly riper fruit presence than the Pfalz riesling, as the hierarchy respected would imply. Descriptors from Reinhardt’s notes a few years ago like, “crystalline, very fresh and vibrating, mineral, tensioned, straight and persistently salty Riesling with great finesse and pure terroir expression” are once again totally appropriate…..this one is a dry wine/rockhead/limestone lover’s delight…..a little * awarded here.
“Predominantly from the Saumagen and the Steinacker crus and partly vinified in halbstücks, the 2019 Kallstadt Riesling Trocken Vom Kalkfels offers an intensely aromatic, precise and juicy, beautifully clear, refined and reductive bouquet of ripe and concentrated stone fruits intermixed with characteristic flinty aromas of broken stones. Pure and tight on the palate, this is a crystalline, very fresh and vibrating, mineral, tensioned, straight and persistently salty Riesling with great finesse and pure terroir expression. It is highly stimulating, with refreshing lemon aromas. This will be bottled in June or July this year and released in September. Tasted at the domain in March and a month later again in Bremen in April 2020.” 91-92 Stephan Reinhardt for the 2019, NOT THE 2021 OFFERED HERE