Delicious Spring Wine: 2013 Fuchs-Jacobus Alte Reben Spätlese Nahe

With the temperatures steadily rising, a glass or two of white wine makes any day better. In today’s post Vino in Love has a delicious dry Riesling Spätlese from a small winery from Nahe, a relatively small wine region in Rhineland-Palatinate with about 4000 hectares of vineyards. It takes its name from the River Nahe, a left tributary to the Rhine, and is probably best known for its Rieslings which find excellent growing conditions on the predominantly volcanic soil.

Nahe is one of Germany’s least known wine regions. It is located about a ninety minute drive southwest of Frankfurt and centers around the towns of Bad Kreuznach and Bingen where the areas best vineyards are found. Nahe is a white wine region with Riesling being planted in more than one fourth of all vineyards and all white varieties combined accounting for 75% of the region’s wine production. Riesling is followed by Müller-Thurgau and the red Dornfelder grape.

Nahe wine region

Map of Nahe wine region as seen on Wikipedia

Weingut Fuchs-Jacobus

Fuchs-Jacobus is a family-owned, biodynamic winery from Schweppenhausen, approximately 15 kilometres northwest of Nahe’s capital Bad Kreuznach. Founded in 1979, Fuchs-Jacobus cultivates about 15 hectares of steep slopes vineyards on hill Steyerberg, mostly manually. All their wines are produced with very little interference and are made with spontaneous fermentation. This is possible because only their very best grapes are vinified.

Fuchs-Jacobus sells its wines mostly domestically but ships outside of Germany.

2013 Fuchs-Jacobus Riesling Alte Reben Spätlese Trocken

2013 Fuchs-Jacobus - Alte Reben Riesling Spätlese Trocken - NaheFuchs-Jacobus produces an old vine dry Spätlese from selected Riesling grapes called Alte Reben, German for old vines.

Highly aromatic nose which opens with mango, peaches and a subtle aroma of petroleum. Pineapple, mint and blossom honey emerge as time passes.

In the mouth, this Riesling is dry and juicy with a fresh, balanced acidity. Complex and mineral. Great personalty. Lingering aftertaste.

12% ABV. Retails for about €13.

4.5 / 5 stars      

This is a phenomenal biodynamic Riesling from the Nahe Valley.

Have you tried Riesling from Nahe before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this often overlooked German wine region.


2 comments on “Delicious Spring Wine: 2013 Fuchs-Jacobus Alte Reben Spätlese Nahe”

  1. Suzanne Reply

    Hi Julian, this Riesling sounds luscious. I am already starting to incorporate some fresh whites into my repertoire, Last night had a lovely Sauvignon Blanc. The weather in NYC is not cooporating but soon enough it will. Good to see you posting have missed seeing you.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you Suzanne!
      The weather here in Munich is starting to feel more like spring already with 25°C on some days. I hope you get some that nice weather soon in NYC so you can enjoy those whites even more 🙂 Cheers!

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