This is an old estate in the Pfalz, but the 2008 vintage is the first full vintage under Attmann’s regime. It is an entirely convincing effort. At 30 hectares, it is a large estate. Until recently, the wines have never been imported into the United States. The best vineyards are Deidesheimer Grainhübel, Kalkofen, Kieselberg and Mäushöhle; Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad; Forster Ungeheuer and Jesuitengarten. The Deidesheim estate is now in the hands of the Koch family, yet is called Dr. Deinhard after its founder, who moved from Koblenz to Deidesheim in the middle of the 19th century. ~Terry Theise
Kudos to them, for making this wine at all (in the pathologically sugar-averse German domestic market) and for not making it too sweet. The site sites south Herrgottsacker in between the Grosses Gewächs vineyards of Forst and Deidesheim.
Newly disgorged March 2015, this remains for me a high-water mark for sparkling Riesling; it’s polished and explosively flavorful, an entirely delicious fizz that’s nothing like Champagne except in its classiness; indeed it tastes of what it is—Pfalz Riesling from an excellent vintage, rendered in a cool, sleek, very dry form with lots of yeastiness. I drank quite a lot of it this last year while I waited out the 11-based NV Champagnes, and never once felt I was slumming. ~Terry Theise