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January 24, 2011

MyPfalz: Johann F Ohler

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MyPfalz (2) Winery January:
Weingut Johann Ohler
Gimmeldingen, Pfalz

I got curious about this winery after I had been offered a glass of their Mussbacher Eselshaut Riesling Kabinett trocken during an event. An easy to drink, everyday wine, nothing fancy, BUT! so clean, clear, crisp, fruity, refreshing and lean! (Getting thirsty again...)

Since 1758, the Ohler family is involved in the making of wine. Sabine Jost-Ohler took over after her parents and since 2007, she has together with her husband invested lots of time, work and money to modernize the estate. 100% comitted to quality, quality, quality. No compromize. 

6,2 ha of vines are found in well known vineyards around Neustadt, like Mussbacher Eselshaut, Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten and Königsbacher Idig. Parts of the vines are up to 40 years old, with very limited yields, which result in wonderful wines with distinct minerality. 

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The special edition JFO, that comes in small quantities only, is something to look out for! They are exclusively available in vintages where everything was perfect. That standard is set very high by Sabine and Stefan, the wine maker, and smallest deviations will lead to that those wines are not launched that particular year. No compromize - as said before.

JFO wines 2010 include a:
- 2009 Riesling, that was spontanously fermented and thus giving for additional aromas and flavours (this is a wine with residual sugar)
- 2009 dry Chardonnay, that was aged in barrique
- 2007 Spätburgunder Alte Reben (Pinot Noir old vines), unfiltered 

60% of the estate's vines are Riesling. The grape variety that thrives best in the soils of the respective vineyards. Spätburgunder counts for ca 20%, the rest is split between the white burgundy varietals and some Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine prices range from € 4,70 to 60. 

This small but fine estate is perhaps not so easy to find, but it is well worth getting to know further. Visit the website: and say hi from me!

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