Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2012 Wagner-Stempel Cuvée Steinkönig -trocken- with dinner last night. This is only the second vintage of this wine I believe and it is a blend of St. Laurent, Merlot and Fruehburgunder and unlike the white wines I have had from Wagner Stempel, this is only decent/serviceable and lacks the profoundness of the whites. Very round and soft tannins and fairly simple flavors of cherry and spice with a somewhat short but pleasant finish. Best consumed with simple foods, it fulfilled its mission last night and could have been good with some simple grilled German fare like Brats and marinated Winzersteak, as well.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.