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The Latitude 50 Dornfelder 2007, besides for being a really cool name for a wine, is a nice change of pace from well-known light-bodied reds such as Pinot Noir or Gamay. Dornfelder is actually the second most planted red grape in all of Germany, right behind Pinot Noir (or as they say Spatburgunder) and has the distinct honor of being a crossed (hybrid) grape, of two other crossed varietals. One might even say that the Dornfelder was exclusively designed for this particular location. Well adapted to a cold and late ripening season, Dornfelder is quite popular amongst German winemakers for producing wines deep in color that benefit from spending time in oak barrels. This 2007 from Weingut Rapp located in the Northern Nahe region with volcanic soils, is not exactly the dark and deep style but rather light-bodied and balanced by soft tannins and firm acidity. This wine's softer tannins make it ideal to pair with fresh pan roasted fish, especially salmon, as well as with roasted pork and grilled chicken.
Regarding geography, the Nahe River is a tributary of the Mosel, and the river flow results in lots of little slopes which are ideal for grape growing. Its mix of soil types makes the region very attractive, as the various soils produce wines with unrivaled complexity.
The Weingut Rapp winery is a small 10 hectares estate, near the wine center of Bad Munster am Stein, in the heart of the Nahe region. Erich-Wilhelm and Ursula Rapp developed it from a former agricultural mixed holdings through acquisitions and leasing of good quality-oriented vineyard to vineyard. Today, Walter Rapp is responsible for the winery and the expansion of the wines. Ideal growing conditions, combined with steep vineyards and terrior produce world class wines, including those grown from a unique soil, porphyry. This heat-retaining, red volcanic rock soil gives the wine a unique point of view, due to the peculiarity in the stone floors of the steep hillside slopes. This particular soil type matures and develops the grapes, producing wines with terrific minerality and elegance.
The Nahe is sandwiched between the much more famed Mosel and Rhein regions of Germany's southern wine country. A tributary of the Mosel, the Nahe river benefits by having many sub-tributaries of its own, thus resulting in lots of little slopes ideal for grape growing. Also making it ideal is the mix of soil types, from the softer Mosel to the more minerally Rhein, which gives the Nahe wines an unrivaled complexity. It is for this reason that many great young winemakers are flourishing here.