Spontaneous and live tasting notes from the Pfalz II: BassermannJordan
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Spontaneous and live tasting notes from the Pfalz II: BassermannJordan


A regime that expedites its wine faster than Burklin-Wolf albeit, in years such as 2009, this clearly had its advantages: earlier picking retained acidity, less time on lees controlled the wines’ breadth which, given the sheer ripeness of 2009, was a good thing; and stainless steel fermentation across the range, at least with the extremely ripe/low acid material of 2009, kept the wines reductive, tight and focused.

2010 Basserman-Jordan Chardonnay: simple, sweet; some MLF but overall cloying

2010 Riesling Trocken: primary fruit aromas. Plush and easy 84

2010 Forster Ungeheuer: basalt-driven minerality here; round and peachy 87

2009 Olberg GG: red sandstone. Red fruited aromas: strawberry, watermelon even. Unusual and staining in its intensity. Some phenolic grip for direction. Intense rather than long and detailed 89

2009 Kalkofen GG: almond and other nuts perhaps, yet cool and transparent. Really, this wine has little to do with fruit but rather precise expression of place. Long and tingly 92

2009 Hohenmorgen GG: spontaneous fermentation through the GG range. Mirabelle and hint of smoke and flint. Closed wine but lovely detail and precision here 91

2009 Pechstein GG: embellishes power with precision. Chewy phenolics in Pechstein way, yet not at all slutty. Long, layered; stimulating and very precise 94

2008 Ancestrale: hails from Hohenmorgen albeit, forgotten two barrique that had gone through MLF partially, stalled ferment and some residual; yet this does not forsake an intriguing wine indeed 89