Over the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring winemakers from our “Friends of Ernie” portfolio. If you’re in the trade, you can meet these fascinating winemakers at our special tour of trade tastings March 1-4 in Boston, NYC, Chicago or SFO. See our blog post for more info.
WEINGUT ROBERT WEIL
Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil is considered to be one of the Rheingau’s younger wine estates. It is located in the heart of Kiedrich, a village first documented in the year 950. Kiedrich Turmberg and Kiedrich Grafenberg, the estate’s top vineyards, are among the finest sites in the Rheingau.
Kiedrich Turmberg and Kiedrich Grafenberg are situated on a southwest-facing ridge and a steep cliff with inclines of up to 60 percent. Their soils consist of deep and medium-deep stony, fragmented phyllite partially with loess and loam. This combination of barren stony soils, an ideal microclimate, steep inclination and southwestern exposure allows the grapes to hang on the vine for a very long time. The resulting wines are complex and rich in minerals, with great elegance and finesse.
The character of Robert Weil Rieslings is marked by the mineral-rich soils of the vineyards. These elegant, complex wines offer pronounced fruitiness with nuanced flavors and bouquets. They embody a perfect interplay of fine yet firm acidity with natural sweetness and extract.
The estate wines are sourced from parcels that neighbor the estate’s classified single-vineyard sites.
* Riesling Trocken: A full-bodied dry Riesling that pairs well with many types of food.
* Riesling Tradition: Bright and juicy, this is a more traditional Riesling for daily enjoyment.
* Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken: A delicate, off-dry Riesling with moderate alcohol.
CLASSIFIED SINGLE-VINEYARD WINES
These wines come exclusively from the steep hillside vineyards of Weingut Robert Weil.
* Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken: Deep in mineral-driven aroma and rich on the palate — a distinctive Riesling that comes from Weil’s wholly owned parcel beneath the medieval Gräfenberg tower.
* Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spatlese: This is a wine of stunning nobility and richness, with many layers of complex fruit balanced by muscular minerality.
* Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Trocken Erstes Gewaches: A lush, ripe and full-bodied dry Riesling that is carried nimbly on a fine mineral frame. The epitome of Rheingau’s “First Growth” bottlings, this is regularly judged to be among the best Rieslings of Germany.
ACCOLADES FOR WILHELM WEIL
* Winemaker of the Year 1997, Gault Millau
* “…the most consistently brilliant winemaker in the Rheingau.” – Michael Broadbent