Dominik Mueller

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2019 Weingut Rings Kalk & Stein

Tasting note

2019 Weingut Rings Kalk & Stein

While on the German island of Sylt, we enjoyed this fantastic white wine with newly interpreted Napolitan pizzas at the laid back Marinara Beach Club.

Straw yellow color with slight cloudiness. That’s because the still fairly young Rings winery bottles this Burgundy blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc unfiltered. Fermented in wooden barrels with only natural yeasts, the wine remains on its lees for a full 16 months until it is truly bone dry.

The nose is smoky and yeasty with hints of lemon zest. This wine is obviously not about fruit, but the origin and the soil. In the mouth a creamy melt, beautiful, with notes of lemongrass and a little peach. But as I said, the fruit here is rather austere. The long finish is marked by a smoky saltiness. Very good.

Drink through 2025.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 19 June 2023.


93Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM93 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.5 WSET score.
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3.5Wines with a 3.5 WSET rating are 'very good' wines -- just shy of 'exceptional' -- according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.5 usually get 93 to 94 DM points.
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Weingut Rings
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