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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

One River, Two Worlds: Steinmetz Kabi + Pinot

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

That's the Brauneberger Juffer, pictured above, a historic vineyard by any measure, though back in the day it would have gone by more than one name....

Last Wednesday I tasted a fabulous Mosel kabinett, and though it may be of limited interest, as it is a touch sweet, you should really know about this. There is simply no greater value in the world of wine, if you ask me: the wine is complex, intense yet delicate, long and refreshing, and worth cellaring for 20+ years. I didn't take a tasting note, but I did note "BUY THIS!". It is a classic example of Mosel elegance and tension, balancing intense acidity with gentle sweetness, refreshing the palate at the same time as it saturates every corner with juicy fruit and complex minerality. This wine, among many other 2021 kabinetts, is the definition of "classic", and if you're looking for an education in Mosel wine, you can't do better. Plus it's delicious, and will pair well with just about anything, especially spicy foods.

So that's one world of Mosel wine, you might say the old world of Mosel wine, a world of fine delicate Riesling with a touch of sweetness... the new world of Mosel wine may just be Pinot Noir. You guys loved the 2019 vintage of this Pinot, so did we, but we're sure that the 2020 is even better, just a little brighter and fresher, still chock full of interesting earthy notes, but with an extra gush of juicy Pinot fruit. Like the Riesling above, it's also a fabulous deal...

The Riesling, though slightly more expensive is actually the much better deal in my book... de gustibus...

Gunther Steinmetz Pinot Noir 2020 - $22

Beautiful notes of berries, earth and forest combine for a classic Pinot profile. I wouldn't push it in the cellar, but it's surely worth following another few years.

Gunther Steinmetz Riesling Kabinett Brauneberger Juffer 2021 - $24

I didn't take a tasting note, but take a look at Mosel Fine Wine's tasting note, as well as their estimated drinking window (wow!): The 2021er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett is made from fruit picked at 80° Oechsle and was fermented down to barely fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (45 g/l). It offers a very nice nose of minty herbs, fine spices, and minerals, all immersed in citrusy fruits. The wine proves beautifully light-footed and precise on the palate and leaves a firm and delineated feel of fruits, ginger, and spices in the long finish. The aftertaste vibrates with energy. 2031-2051

These wines are already great deals, but if you buy a full case of either wine, we will give you an extra special deal: $20 NET for the Juffer Riesling, and $18 NET for the Pinot Noir.

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