Weingut Richard Böcking Böcking Privat Riesling Sekt Trocken, Mosel NV

Medium straw color; lemon-lime, jasmine, green apple on the nose; Meyer lemon, apricot, beeswax on the palate.

Weingut Richard Böcking Böcking Privat Riesling Sekt Trocken, Mosel NV

Off-dry (trocken); smooth, silky in the mouth. Tiny, languishing bubbles. Expected riesling acidity works well with the slight sweetness of a trocken wine. Nicely balanced. Focus here is to create an easy drinking, no offense wine. That is a real asset for many, especially those who enjoy wine as a background to a meal rather than being the Ethel Merman dominatrix of the repast. 12% ABV

The Böcking family has cultivated the steep-slope vineyards near the village of Tarbach for almost four centuries. The winery notes: “Today this legacy includes four nearly forgotten top-class vineyards with non-grafted vines, many of them 40 to 80 years old. Beginning in 2011, these parcels underwent a renewal based on biodynamic cultivation principles, while at the same time, ownership of the estate shifted to a new generation of Böckings. These vineyard parcels, including the prized Ungsberg and Schlossberg, were listed on the oldest known official land maps prepared in the late 19th Century.”

Richard Böcking principals Sigrid Zirkle Carrol, Denman Zirkle

Principals in the operation include Sigrid Zirkle Carroll, the daughter of Dagmar Böckings von Maltzahn and a direct descendant of Richard Böckings. Denman Zirkle is Sigrid’s father. Denman’s mother-in-law ran the winery for a decade after World War II. An American, he helped with the winery while also having a career in the U.S. In 2014, Denman left his position as executive director of a foundation in Virginia to spend more time in Traben-Trarbach and help supervise bring the estate up to modern standards.

Weingut Richard Böcking Böcking Privat Riesling Sekt Trocken, Mosel NV is a simple and tasty German sekt (sparkling) at a sparkling price. The slight hints of sweetness balanced by riesling’s acidity makes this a broad spectrum crowd pleaser. Sekt is the German term for sparkling wine. Pair with appetizers, snacks, charcuterie board; poultry; lean fish; works as aperitif. Cheese—asiago, Colby, fontina, monterey jack, swiss, muenster, havarti, different types of cheddar. $10-12

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Weingut Richard Böcking and Mosel River
Richard Böcking owner Sigrid Zirkle and family
Weingut Richard Böcking harvest
Bud break at Weingut Richard Böcking