Lars asked me to provide a write-up for his site about the 2012 vintage in the Pfalz.
To add to what I wrote last week: Many producers believe it to be the best in the last Quarter-century (Hans-Günter Schwarz told me that it reminded him or 2001). As of today, basically everything has been harvested (we have one parcel of Riesling left to pick – probably take it next week, though I’d like to save a row or so for Eiswein.) Producers in the Südpfalz have also had an incredible year. Theo Minges says its his best ever, prompting him to produce a GG for the first time. I will get more news on Monday about Rebholz and Wehrheim.Pfalz 2012
2012 has been an absolutely amazing season. The harvest in the Mittelhaardt is finally winding down after the longest growing season in many years. There are still a few parcels with bunches hanging –mostly in Forst and Wachenheim, but these will likely be harvested next week (with the odd parcel of BA or TBA left to hang). This week was notable for all of the caravans of tractors and pickers from Bassermann-Jordan, von Buhl, and Bürklin-Wolf driving up and down the Weinstraße from Deidesheim to Wachenheim and back. The leaves on the vines have been showing beautiful shades of red and yellow for a few weeks now, signifying the end of the growing cycle and the completion of physiological ripeness of the fruit. What sets 2012 apart from other recent vintages is that due to a long, cooler season, this physiological ripeness has been achieved before a significant drop in acidity. We have seen must weights for Riesling in the high 80s, low 90s this week with total acidity in the 10-12 g/l range and pH hovering around 3.0 or 3.1. Numbers of course, don’t tell the whole story, but when coupled with the amazing flavors and aromatic intensity of the grapes that are coming in, we can be reasonably assured of a classic vintage in the making…
Read the rest here:http://www.larscarlberg.com/pfalz-2012/