Two Princes Riesling

Maker: Schloss Wallhausen, Wallhausen, Germany

Grape: Riesling

Region: Nahe, Germany

Vintage: 2009 (2008 vintage pictured)

ABV: 10.5%

Appearance: Translucent gold with big thick legs

Nose: Peach, Tangerine, pear, crisp yellow apple

On the palate: Medium-bodied. Semi-dry with a bit of tart apple and ripe peach.

Finish: Fairly quick. Tangy and then lightly sweet

Parting words: This wine was purchased in a continuing effort to give myself a crash course in German Riesling. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t bad, not at all, it was just a little dull. It didn’t start to take on much of a nose until the bottle had been open for 36 hours and the wine had warmed to close to room temperature. Nahe is known for having young, creative growers who are pushing to escape the region’s Liebfraumilch heritage and make wines on par with Rheinhessen and other finer German wine regions. Two Princes is a solid effort in this direction, if unexciting. Mildly recommended.

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4 thoughts on “Two Princes Riesling

  1. The Nahe is famous right now for being home to the man many believe is the pinnacle of German wine, Helmut Donnhoff. For both off-dry as well as Trocken, no one is doing it better than him. On par, but not better. Just had a bottle of his 2009 Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese the other night with Chicken Mole and it was like a dream.

    1. Thanks for the information. My wine knowledge is limited to a few somewhat outdated books I own and occasional perusal of Jancis Robinson’s website and buying Wine Spectator once in a blue moon. I’ll look for that Oberhauser bottle. What are Donnhoff’s other labels?

  2. Well, anything under the Donnhoff label is his. Donnhoff does a basic Riesling QBA for around $21, but his QMP wines are harder to find, depending on the Skurnik whosesaler in Michigan. (Skurnik is the importer, but more importantly the man behind the portfolio is Terry Theise. Google his writing, as I know you would enjoy both his passion and sense of humor.)

    If you’re looking for great, affordable estate German wine, Selbach and Loosen from the Mosel, and Leitz from the Rheingau are great places to start. They all have many estate Pradikat level wines(Kabinett/Spatlese/Auslese) for under $30. These wines will go great with so many foods, age anywhere from 10 to 30 years, and dance on the graves of so many over-priced, over-oaked Napa Cabernets.

    If you’re looking for dry German, check out Muller Catoir from the Pfalz, although this can be hard to find. IMHO, Austria is THE place for dry Riesling.

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