Friday, January 8, 2010

Henkell Trocken Piccolo Dry-Sec Sparkling Wine NV


A leftover from the holidays, this German sparkler delivered a 187 ml serving that was serviceable, if not a really special wine.  The label is German, but the grapes came across the border.  Henkell Trocken is made up of French Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Blanc de Noir from French Pinot Noir and Chenin from Saumur.

The wine is 11.5% abv and pours up as a golden yellow in the glass.  The effervescence was rather slight, but the nose was very yeasty, offering lots of promise.  The palate came across very smooth, almost creamy, in fact.  There just didn't seem to to be a lot going on here.  That's a shame, since I generally find most sparkling wine a bit too bubbly and often quite sweet, especially in the lower price range.  Henkell Trocken is pleasant enough drink, it just didn't move the "wow meter" too much.

Varietal: 
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc 
Vintage:  NV 
Alcohol Level:  11.5% abv 
Price:  $3 
Acquisition disclaimer:  Purchased by author