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NATURAL vs. CONVENTIONAL WINES - Can a Master taste the difference?
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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Veritas Champagne.
I have tasted the following wine in this Video:
2020 Winzergemeinschaft Franken Gambacher Kalbenstein Silvaner Kabinett Trocken Franconia Germany – 9 US $
2020 Stefan Vetter Sylvaner GK Franconia Germany – 41 US $
2019 Albet i Noya 3 Macabeus Blanco Penedès Spain – 10 US $
2019 Partida Creus MC Penedès Spain – 28 US $
2019 Holger Koch Herrenstück Pinot Noir Baden Germany – 19 US $
2019 Holger Koch Pinot Noir „SF“ Baden Germany – 23 US $
2017 Leo Sommer Blaufränkisch Laithaberg Burgenland– 18 US $
2017 Lichtenberger Gonzales Laithaberg Rot Burgenland – 24 US $
The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 - 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 - 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 - 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 - 69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 - 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
Today we are answering one of the most debated questions in the wine world – what is better natural or conventional wine? I asked Leon to prepare pairs of similar wines for me that I will taste blind. The main difference between them is that one is made in a natural way with reduced levels of sulphur or no sulphur, and one is made in a more conventional way. Without knowing which wine is which, I will try to find out which is which. The first two wines are Sylvaner from the Gambacher Kalbenstein in Franconia. Sylvaner was most planted grape variety in Germany during early 20ths century. Today it’s only 5th most-popular grape variety, with 4.500 ha planted in Germany. Gambacher Kalbenstein is vineyard located in Franconia, a region known for high quality Sylvaner.
Wine style ranges from grassy and fresh - to full bodied and fruity wines.
Now lets taste them. I will do this tasting completely blind, as you can often tell by looking at the colour which wine is natural.