2013 Weingut am Nil Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling trocken – 93 Punkte

“The 2013 Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling trocken is an impressive newcomer on the list of the most finest, terroir-driven wines from the Pfalz. Smoky, herbal, and chalky citrus flavors on the deep and complex nose are followed by a pure, straight, and citric, really long and persistent taste that is clearly driven by the terroir rather than the variety. I noticed the slightly creamy texture and a really little hint of new oak only the third day when I tasted this top wine for the second time. The salty finish is firm, piquant, long and very mineral whereas the fruit aromas quote ripe apricots and white peaches. For many years it was Koehler-Ruprecht who was the synonym for the Saumagen vineyard. Now here is the contender!”

2013 Weingut am Nil Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling trocken – 92 Punkte

“The 2013 Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling trocken offers pure citric and dusty/mineral flavors of lemon grass and chalk as well as density and a remarkable deepness and purity on the nose. This full-bodied wine from the 20% steep, southeast site is a brilliant and racy Riesling from limestone and Rotliegend soils which initially seems less exuberant than the Ungsteiner village and the Gutswein Riesling trocken, but indeed it develops an impressive complexity, thrill and salty length. This is an excellent dry Riesling with a perceptible and promising finish.”

2013 Weingut am Nil Ungsteiner Riesling trocken – 90 Punkte

“The 2013 Ungsteiner Riesling trocken was sourced from two crus, Herrenberg and Weilberg in mid of October. Fermented in stainless steel, the Ungstein village wine offers precise and fresh aromas of white peaches, limes and apples mixed with hints of iron and citric herbs. On the palate this is a full-bodied, fruit intense, fresh, straight and quite powerful wine with a piquant acidity and a lingering minerality. With 13.5 vol-% alcohol and a residual sugar of 5 grams, it is slightly saturating in the beginning, but comes together with aeration.”

2013 Weingut am Nil Riesling, trocken – 88 Punkte

“I tasted the 2013 Riesling trocken after I tasted several Pinot Noirs from the Loire and the Pfalz. A good Qualitätswein has to stand this, we say in Germany, it has to ‚repair‘ the palate, has to make it ready for the next flights or the après. Indeed there are not too many whites that stand strong, proud and un-fractured after the more powerful and tannic forerunners. This one, however, does a good job. It is crisp, piquant, and fruit intense, displaying white peach, citrus and smoke flavors on the nose whereas on the palate it is racy and fruity enough not only to sweep away the tannins and fruit intensity of the powerful reds you might have had before but to claim its own genuine features. It is surely the racy piquancy and the clear fruit expression that makes this quality wine a best buy even to those of you who prefer to start a wine journey with whites.”

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All Reviews by Stephan Reinhardt, October 2014 © 2014, The Wine Advocate, Inc. – Reprinted with permission