Dr, Deinhard Extra Brut

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(Pfalz, Germany) Just the name, Dr. Deinhard Deidesheim Riesling Extra Brut, is a real mouthful, right? Yeah, but it’s worth it for this gorgeous German sparkler. If you like your bubbles super dry, strikingly crisp, with an aroma of beautifully fresh tropical fruit and a high-toned, mineral-driven finish – then take note. Wine nut Stephan Attman is the creative force behind Von Winning, who since 2009 has wrung pure beauty from sights all over the Pfalz. His Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling bottlings remind me more of top French whites than of his neighbor’s wines in the Pfalz. While this wine lacks the funkiness or weight of Champagne, if that’s not what you’re looking for, I struggle to think of a more highly polished, bright and vervey sparkling wine. 2014 was a cool vintage around Deidesheim, which is excellent for sparkling wines. The head delivers a rich mousse with a warm pineapple note. Extended lees contact gives it a silky texture on your palate that keeps you reaching back for another sip to decipher all the flavors. Raise a glass this holiday season of pure sparkling brightness.

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