Moselland “Avantgarde” 2011 Dornfelder

Qualitatswein Halbtrocken, Mosel, Germany; 11.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 3 March; gone now

Usually, I avoid gimmicky bottles, but this one got me.  Plus, it’s a Dornfelder, of which we’ve had only one previous example.  “Halbtrocken,” translated literally, means “half dry,” so I was expecting it to be kind of sweet, and chilled it.  It turns out it’s not that sweet, and I don’t recommend chilling it.  🙂

Rather than a “sweet red,” the wine really is more of a “soft red.”  It has tasty enough flavors of grapey red-purple berry-cherry, perhaps a little plum, not all that complicated, smooth and easy to drink, with a reasonable amount of acid to balance the sweetness.

The next day it’s very much the same, maybe a little more supple.

More on the gimmicky bottle.  The base is pretty much one third of a circle, with the front rounded and the back having two edges that would be radii of the circle, coming to a corner at the center of the circle.  The top is of course completely round with a normal cork, and a sealing wax-type thing just on top of the cork itself.  Unlike many apparently colored bottles that are actually clear glass with a colored plastic wrapping, this appears to be red glass, the color of which you can see at the very top.  This photo was taken before the bottle was opened.


5 thoughts on “Moselland “Avantgarde” 2011 Dornfelder

  1. Doug Green

    I saw this in person at one of my San Diego stores (National City) yesterday. I would say that the bottle itself looks like it would be worth $4 – although I’m not sure that the wine inside would/.

  2. the connasewer

    Why waste time on a German red wine. Even German’s know better.
    Riesling is one of the best white varietals in the world. Especially Alsatian whites. They age beautifully.
    When you see a weird bottle…be afraid…very VERY afraid!

    1. Darrell

      I’ll take a Rheingau over Alsatian any day except for a Gewürztraminer vendange tardive. Also, I have derived great pleasure drinking a well made Blauburgunder, while not a Burgundian experience, neither should one expect a Chinon red to produce a Bordeaux experience. I quite understand aging European whites since I don’t buy domestic Riesling at all because they don’t stand up to age and when one forgets what’s in the cellar, one doesn’t want to be surprised by an over the hill white.


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