52 Weeks of Wine – Week 47: Sylvaner (September 14th – 20th 2019)


Even as I learn more about wines, I’m still guilty of making assumptions about a varietal based on the sound of the name. The Italian and French varietals innately sound romantic, whereas the Eastern European-originating varietals project a strong and intimidating image in my mind. Zweigelt, Veltliner, Blaufrankisch….none of those are very approachable names in my opinion. So, when I came across Sylvaner, I again approached with caution.

Fortunately, with each experience, I’m learning that these harsh sounding varietals are actually quite approachable and delicate in their attributes. 

This 2018 Keller Gruner Silvaner was produced in Germany a 90 point “View from the Cellar” Rating. The color was a very pale yellow and the viscosity in the glass suggested a light body. The aromas were of juicy pear and apple, comparable to the smell of Juicy Juice! The acidity was high in the taste but dissipated quickly. Flavors were of green apple, lemon, and a bit of effervescence. This is a very easy and pleasant wine but in my opinion, it lacked depth. The flavors quickly disappeared in my tasting. Though this felt unsatisfactory for an afternoon drink, upon reconsideration, I think that this might be strongly preferential for a breakfast wine. It’s light body and crispness is a perfect pairing with a fruit or light greens salad and eggs Benedict! 

This 2018 Keller Gruner Silvaner retails for $17-22. I gave it a 3 out of 5 cork rating. 

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