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German Engineering from the Pfalz and Rheinhessen

Kevin Peterson

Guten Tag meine Damen und Herren!

Daniel and Jonus are the brothers Brand of the Pfalz region, which is sandwiched between Alsace and the Rhine. They took over the family estate in 2011 and have since implemented organic farming (certified by the 2017 vintage) and turned away from the conventional winemaking methods of the 60s and 70s. Their white and rosé pet-nat are lean, fresh, and bracing. Produced naturally, there are no sulfites added, and the alcohol levels register at 10% and 10.5%, respectively. These are light, fun, delicious wines!

To the north, Klaus Peter and Julia Keller are the vanguard of a renaissance. They’ve inspired a young generation of winemakers to take back the forsaken vines of the Rheinhessen. And they did so by producing dense, powerful, yet elegant riesling from a region that was all but dismissed for the poor quality of its wines.

As Jancis Robinson once wrote, “If I had to choose one wine to show how great dry German Riesling can be I would choose a Keller Riesling. Those wines are the German Montrachets.”

In addition to the riesling from Keller, we’re opening their silvaner, a native Austrian grape that is now Germany’s third most-planted white variety. Keller produces a leafy expression of silvaner, with great weight and aromatics. Asparagus is an ideal pairing.

All four of the wines were brought in by vom Boden, a small importer focused on “human-scaled wineries.” Last year we had the great pleasure of interviewing Stephen Bitterolf, the founder of vom Boden. Click Here to read what he had to say.