Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett, Koehler-Ruprecht
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Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett, Koehler-Ruprecht - 2021

Item # 95899 750mL

This comes from the Koehler-Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz which has gone through a marvelous transition over the past two decades and has turned up being one of the top 5 estates of the region. The Steinacker vineyard is characterized by chalk and sandstone, lending great minerality to this Riesling that is made in an off-dry style.

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Whenever a Koehler Ruprecht wine arrives in Astor, you can bet fifty cents that I will make it a staff pick. They are mavericks when it comes to German Riesling. They are singular in using “non-German” techniques that include fermenting and aging in barrel, allowing for malolactic fermentation, and practice extended lees aging. This all results in opulent, soft textured wines with layers of flavors. The Kallstadter Steinacker (stoney acre) is a site composed of sandstone and loess, which contribute to the wine’s ripe fruitiness. It is sensuous and shows flavors of honeysuckle, poached pears, and jasmine tea. Have it with some spicy Korean stew (jigae).

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