Sauvignon Blanc II
German Sauvignon Blanc?!? I know-weird. Definitely a country not known for the grape. Yet there it is, and it’s wonderful. Von Winning, the winery formerly known as Dr. Deinhard, was purchased in 2009 by a dude named Niederberger. It is Niederberger’s goal to take wineries he feels can realize even greater potential and push them toward that greatness. He does so by sparing no expense in providing his winemakers the capabilities they need to capture amazing in a bottle. The winemaker who now directs Von Winning’s wines is Kurt Rathgeber. Kurt’s a grape whisperer. His dry Rieslings harken top Chablis while his Sauvignon Blancs challenge bottlings from Bordeaux, and dare I say, Sancerre. His Sauvignon Blanc II proves that point. It sees no wood, only stainless steel. It’s a joyful offering with lip-smacking minerality, silky pungency and a ripe, round drink.