The Weinborse Mainz is a wine tasting organized by the VDP. The festival is a major showing of the 2012 vintage (though many vintages are poured). Most producers have just bottled the 2012 and this is the first public debut. This was my first time at the festival and in Mainz. Here are a few pictures from Mainz and some highlights of the tasting:
Two giant halls filled up with winemakers! All grouped by region.
Outside the tasting hall this path wanders along the Rhein.
The cathedral is a few blocks away and dominates the main square.
Gutenberg changed the world here & a whole museum honors his contributions.
The main square is 2 blocks from the tasting.
The Schloss Lieser table had an interesting riesling auslese from blue slate soils (Niederberg Helden 2012).
Clemens Busch had some excellent wines- I loved the Vom grauen Schiefer Riesling trocken 2012 (ortswein) and the Marienburg Fahrlay-Terrassen Riesling feinherb 2011 (grosse lage).
A. Christmann farms organically & has a special lineup of Pfalz rieslings.
Glaser-Himmelstoss in Franken poured this 2011 4-day skin contact silvaner. Their first year they did this was in 2011, and when I asked why, the winemaker mentioned that he tastes old silvaner and wanted to make one that had some real ageability to it.
Grey slate soils with veins of iron from Karthauserhof along the Ruwer.
Dr. Crusius in the Nahe makes a very interesting wine from a vineyard full of this rock called "black porphyr"- really hard stone with bits of charcoal and bubbles of quartz throughout. Crusius Schlossbockelheim Riesling "Lach" trocken 2012.
Here are some reds from Dr. Heger in Baden. These are all from volcanic soils. The wine on the right, the Winklerberg Hausleboden ("Hot Floor") Spatburgunder GG grosse lage 2010 was so complex!
This is "Rot Gold"- a blend of Pinot Gris & Noir that must be harvested & pressed together.
Reichgraf und Marquis zu Hoensbroech makes this completely dry.