Von Winning Reiterpfad Riesling Erste Lage Trocken
Von Winning Reiterpfad Riesling Erste Lage Trocken

Von Winning Reiterpfad Riesling Erste Lage Trocken

Pfalz, Germany 2021 (750mL)
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Von Winning Reiterpfad Riesling Erste Lage Trocken

In Von Winning’s hands, this single-vineyard becomes the go-to destination for bone-dry Riesling dripping with exoticism and profound mineral verve. It’s “another singular discovery,” exclaims importing legend Terry Theise, and I’d even go as far as to say that this Erste Lage—the equivalent of a Burgundian Premier Cru—is not just essential to developing your palate, but a crucial necessity to understanding the brilliance of elite dry German wine. Now with 3+ years under its belt, this barrel-aged and naturally crafted Riesling dazzles with exotic, energizing layers that will only intensify with age. There’s nothing more you could want from a quintessential wine. 

Now with a few years of bottle aging, Winning’s 2020 “Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad” has become a lively, layered, paradisiacal dry Riesling shot through with a mega-charge of finely crushed minerality. In the glass, it shines a vibrant straw-yellow with bright silver-green reflections and expresses a chameleonic nose that seemingly changes with each passing minute. At first, it’s citrus-heavy—Meyer lemon, Makrut lime peel, tangerine, citrus blossoms—but more air reveals exotic green mango peel and passionfruit, white peach, lemongrass, crushed stones, honeysuckle, and extremely delicate notes of petrol. Coming in at medium-bodied with appetite-whetting acidity, it flaunts impressive breadth along with its streamlined, high-toned energy. Translation: a glass disappears quickly, and you’ll immediately want another. While it surely will improve over the next 5+ years, it’s drinking superbly right now so there’s no need to hold off. Pull the cork, decant for about 15-30 minutes, and enjoy in all-purpose stems around 45-50 degrees. Enjoy!

Von Winning Reiterpfad Riesling Erste Lage Trocken


Western Germany


The Pfalz is Germany’s second-largest wine region (behind Rheinhessen, which it borders to the south). The vineyards are situated between the thickly forested Haardt Mountains and the western bank of the Rhine River, with soils that are rich in loam mixed with sandstone, loess (wind-blown silt), and chalky clay.

Western Germany


he Rheinhessen is Germany’s largest-production wine zone and, in comparison to some of the dramatic valleys further north, is a more open landscape of gently rolling hills.

Western Germany


The Saar River is a tributary of the Mosel (and in-cluded in the broader “Mosel-Saar-Ruwer”) PDO designation with vineyards perched on steep slopes of blue Devonian slate. The rocky soils and cool temperatures of these northerly valleys produce Germany’s most chiseled, high-acid  styles of Riesling.

Southwestern Germany


Baden, Germany’s southernmost wine region, has a long history with the “Pinot” family. The region’s vineyards were planted by the same Cistercian Monks who established Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Bordered by the Rhine River and the Black Forest, Baden has diverse soils—everything from loess (silt) to volcanic tuff to limestone, the most prized Pinot Noir soil of all.

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