Just Grapes, Thank You!
One of my favorite finds in a wine shop is a red wine from Germany. When you think of German wine, your mind probably goes straight to Riesling. And for good reason; some of the best Rieslings in the world hail from the Mosel region of Germany. However, the reds from this country are so charming. They are usually medium bodied (or even a little lighter), fresh tasting, and very elegant. That can also be read as "way too easy to drink", so thank goodness for natural wines!
Rita and Rudolf Trossen are the husband and wife team behind Weingut Trossen. They inherited Rudolf's family vineyard in Mosel in 1978 and immediately began converting to biodynamic farming practices. In 2010, they took it a step further by limiting the use of sulfites in their wines and simultaneously introduced their new line of "zero zero" natural wines called Pur'us. The term "zero zero" means that there are no additives in the wine and nothing is taken away by fining or filtration. In other words, it's just grapes!
I tasted the 2015 Trossen Rot Trocken - don't worry; "Rot" translates to "Red". It's completely fresh, I promise. The wine is a blend of Dornfelder and Pinot Noir (called Spätburgunder in Germany). Although this wine is not "zero zero", it is still quite natural and free of nasties. As far as I can gather, the vineyard is, of course, biodynamic and the wine is spontaneously fermented using native yeasts, very small amounts of sulfites may be added, and it's unclear if it's filtered or not. So, while not completely "naked", it's still very much in the natural spectrum.
The Trossen Rot Trocken is just shy of medium bodied and tastes like fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries and black cherries sprinkled with mint and baking spices, and topped off with a splash of cola. The acidity is really pleasant, making this wine balanced and all the more seductive. It's pure, fresh, and just plain delicious. I can't wait to get my hands on their Pur'us wines to find out just how pure the Trossen's wines can get.
This wine was so tasty that the pours that started out small ended up getting a little larger throughout the evening. I can't overindulge yet, since I'm nursing an infant at unpredictable times during the night, but I have to say that after two glasses, I felt fan-freaking-tastic the next morning. Ok, ok, I'm a bit of a lightweight after not drinking for 9 months, but still - I somehow felt better than waking from sober nights. One of the many delights of natural wine!
Anyway, definitely put a little effort into finding wines by Rita & Rudolf - you won't regret it. Certainly not the next morning!