Koehler Ruprecht 'Kallstadter Sumagen' Riesling, Spätlese Trocken, Phalz, Germany 2019
The historic estate is run by Dominik Sona, and his cellar master Franziska Schmitt, in the Phalz, just southeast of the more famous Mosel region. Everything is done in an old school manner, natural fermentation in large oak until the wine is completely dry. At a tasting of nearly 50 wines, this wine stood with me throughout the entirety of the tasting. Just WOW. This is an extraordinary dry Riesling with a long life a head of it. There is not reason any Riesling lover should not have a bottle of this in their cellar. -Kimberly
Pairing: Suckling pig
Soil: Chalk, marl, limestone
Viticulture: lutte raisonnéeVineyard facts: The Saumagen is the estate’s crown jewel: four hectares planted on a hill of limestone, chalk and marl. Interestingly, it gets its name of Saumagen because the shape of the vineyard resembles a sow's stomach. Saumagen also happens to be the specialty sausage of the area, with the stuffing going into said stomach, resulting in a delicious, crispier skin than most regular sausage casings.