Dr. Wehrheim was recently reviewed by Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar. You can catch Franz Wehrheim in NY next week where he’ll be pouring his wines at our portfolio tasting! March 12th Metropolitan Pavilion- North Pavilion 10am-4:30pm
By Joel B. Payne
Karl-Heinz Wehrheim’s speciality has always been pinot blanc and his Mandelberg Grosses Gewachs has consistently been one of the finest white wines of any given vintage. In addition, his chardonnays, rieslings and pinot noirs have gained in stature, making this estate across the board one of the most reliable producers in the region. With his father at the age of 90 still at work and his son Franz now at his side, the best may be yet to come.
2011 Dr. Heinz Wehrheim Weisser Burgunder Muschelkalk
Aromas of papaya, vanilla custard and hazelnut. The succulent apricot and spice flavors are given shape and life by bright acidity. A serious wine with an austere but pure finish of noteworthy length.
2011 Dr. Heinz Wehrheim Chardonnay Keuper “S”
Subtle aromas of nectarine, vanilla and cinnamon. The sharply delineated texture and crisp white peach fruit are more reminiscent of Chablis than Meursault, with a graceful acidity keeping the palate fresh. An excellent German chardonnay.
2011 Dr. Heinz Wehrheim Birkweiler Mandelberg Weisser Burgunder Grosses Gewachs
Pure aromas of ripe pear, flint and vanilla. The taut peach flavor is laced with complex Indian spices. Rich and unctuous but nonetheless precise, showing intriguing spice character on the long, complex finish. This is one of the finest dry white wines of the vintage.
2011 Dr. Heinz Wehrheim Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling Grosses Gewachs
Subtle aromas of dried apricot, persimmon and nut oil. Luscious, full-bodied cling peach flavor conveys an unctuous texture and excellent depth. At once weighty and balanced, this stately wine finishes with persistent brown spices.
2011 Dr. Heinz Wehrheim Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Koppel Riesling Grosses Gewachs
Delicate aromas of nectarine, hyacinth and pine. Dense on the palate, with sweet apricot fruit enlivened by vibrant spices on the finish. Nicely delineated, delicately balanced and long, this is one of the finer dry rieslings of the vintage.
Also recommended: 2011 Grauer Burgunder Trocken Keuper (89), 2011 Riesling Trocken Rotstuck (85), 2011 Riesling Trocken Buntstuck (86), 2011 Riesling Trocken Buntsandstein (88), 2011 Riesling Trocken Rotliegendes (89), 2010 Pinot Noir Buntsandstein (86), 2010 Sekt Rosé Brut (91).”