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.