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Oberhäuser Brücke - more soils than a vineyard 10x its size.

In giving examples of the complex soils of the Nahe, perhaps the most intriguing and impressive representation of this is the incredible monopole site of Dönnhoff, Oberhäuser Brücke.  This small, flat site, adjacent to the Nahe river banks, represents some of the widest ranges in soil composition to be seen in such a small area.  Check the video here - the camera is simply panning from a stationary position, and even in this low quality video you can still see 4 distinctive top soils within the range of merely 6 rows of vines.  Incredible.

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Complex Soils of Niederhäusen & Schlossböckelheim

The Nahe undoubtedly has the most complex soils of any German wine region, with conglomerates of various soil types and compounds ranging widely throughout the region.  But most importantly, and most astonishingly, are the incredible variations within the same small parcels of vineyard.  Vast multitudes of soil types exist within not only the base soils, but the basic top soils as well.  Here are some examples from 3 top vineyards in the villages of Niederhäusen & Schlossböckelheim.  Note, all of these examples are simply accumulated from a short afternoon stroll down a path through the vineyards - no intensive soil studies even need be necessary.  

If complexity doesn’t come from the soil and terroir…then from where? 

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Kruger-Rumpf ascending to new levels.

So, it’s day 2 and anyone reading this little travelogue is probably already wondering if EVERY DAMNED WINERY is going have some amazing vintage that transcends all previous vintages, blah, blah, blah.  I promise, this will not be so.  However, at Kruger-Rumpf it is distinctly worth noting that the tides have turned.  The wines here have always been good, this is known.  However, the young Georg Rumpf has had the great opportunity of maintaing attentive and specific focus in the vineyards and the cellar of such a degree which his father simply did not have the freedom to maintain.  The benefits of this come to us through intensive vineyard study and management and more individual parcel attention in the cellar.  The dry wines of this estate especially stand out this year.  And I’ll refrain from individual tasting notes, et. al. and simply state that the refinement, pleasurability, and incredible terroir expression have not ever been so boundless as they are in this collection of wines.  

Terry often gets accused of not liking dry German wines.  And so far, the selections from the 2011 collections prove vastly otherwise.  After 4 estates tasted (without yet heading to the Pfalz, mind you) approximately 2/3 of all wines selected for the forthcoming catalogs are decidedly dry.  And to quote Terry himself, “this is the best collection I have ever tasted at Kruger-Rumpf” - and this is largely due to the extremely impressive dry wines collection here.