GERMANY

German wine is primarily produced in the west of Germany, along the river Rhine and its tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era. Approximately 60 percent of the German wine production is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where 6 of the 13 regions (Anbaugebiete) are situated. Germany as the eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total production. Among enthusiasts, Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration.

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  1. 2018 WEINGUT KELLER RIESLING TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: i_372010
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 91 POINTS I cannot recall ever having a better, basic Riesling Trocken from Klaus-Peter, and I am sure the ramping up of the average age of vines for each bottling is the reason for this! The bouquet is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a complex blend of pink grapefruit, blood orange, chalky soil tones, wild yeasts, dried flowers and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and again, really deep at the core, with great acidity and grip, superb focus and a very long, very classy and beautifully complex finish. This is not all that far off the quality level of the GGs fifteen years ago! It is a stunning value. 2019-2050. 91.

    JANCIS ROBINSON - 16.5 POINTS Bottled. From various vineyards, younger vines (10–15 years), including some from Kirchspiel. Equal parts limey fruit and stony minerality on the nose. That lime-juice purity on the palate, too. Edgy, bright, and remarkably intense for the first-level Riesling. Dry but has terrific fruit sweetness. Julia Harding, MW.
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  2. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING AUSLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN A.P. #10

    Item #: i_318012
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUS 92 POINTS "This is the exception to 2016’s relatively narrow range of must weights and acidity chez Merkelbach, having been harvested at 98 Oechsle and finished with only 6.3 grams of acidity. “These were really thin-skinned berries,” explained Alfred Merkelbach, “and as a result there was a lot of shriveling,” albeit without benefit of botrytis. Quince and strawberry preserves on the nose, accompanied by scents of heliotrope and lily, translate into a glycerol-slicked palate performance loaded with inner-mouth perfume. Hints of white raisin as well as a savory suggestion of browned butter add appeal to a lingering finish that compensates for its lack of animating brightness with an invigorating hint of seed-crunching bite. (Amusingly – it couldn’t happen often – the Merkelbachs ended up stopping this at precisely the same 71.4 grams of residual sugar as the A.P. #11.)" -- David Schildknecht

    MOSEL FINE WINES 91 POINTS The 2016er Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese AP10 was harvested at 98 degrees Oechsle in the prime Class I former Treppchen vineyard within the Urziger Wurzgarten. This develops a rather ripe nose of melon, herbs and spices. The wine is nicely spicy and juicy on the palate and leaves a feel of ripe pear and melon enhanced by dried spices in the long finish. This is an outstanding smooth Auslese made in a style not unlike that of the finest 2003 wines. 90 points
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  3. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2016 RIESLING URZIGER WURZGARTEN SPATLESE HALBTROCKEN #7

    Item #: i_304542
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 92 POINTS - "I harbor fond memories of halbtrocken Merkelbach Wurzgartens long past, so perhaps you’ll think I was overly influenced simply by having once again seen those words on a bottle of their Riesling. But its contents certainly left me wishing that they would let this happen in their cellar more often. A classic Wurzgarten nose of fresh strawberry and lime adds hints of more Erden-typical tarragon and sassafras. Subtly silken in feel, this finishes buoyant and lusciously long, with animating, bright primary juiciness and transparency to shimmering impingements of stones and mineral salts. Incidentally, it weighs in at a mere 10% alcohol, a reminder that the Merkelbachs pick for Spatlese at must weights that most of today’s top Mosel growers would deem appropriate for Kabinett. A prime example of what I call “hidden sweetness” – residual sugar playing a supportive and catalytic role while not engendering any overt sense of sweetness – this will perform brilliantly at table as well as in your cellar."

    MOSEL FINE WINES 89 POINTS - "This offers a nice nose of peach, cassis, wild strawberry, white flowers and fine spices. The wine is delicately zesty on the palate and leaves a clean and playful feel in the long and nicely spicy finish. This beautifully expression of off-dry Riesling will appeal to lovers of classic light-weighted Mosel wines. Now-2026"
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  4. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2017 RIESLING SPATLESE "URGLUCK" URZIGER WURTZGARTEN, A.P. #6

    Item #: i_318005
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 92 POINTS Offers aromas of quince and honey, with the quince note continuing on the palate and combining with nervy citrus accents. Very suave and smooth, showing enough acidity for balance and dense flavors that carry through the finish. Drink now through 2031. 90 cases imported. — AZ

    MOSEL FINE WINES 93 POINTS "The 2017er Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese “Urgluck” was harvested at a whopping 96 Oechsle, i.e. well into Auslese category. It delivers a captivating and elegant nose of flowers, minty herbs and candied grapefruit. These are joined by riper scents of whipped cream and vineyard peach as the wine gains from airing in the glass. This delightful Auslese in all but name shows quite some creamy and ripe fruits on the palate yet remains at all time very delicate and refined. A touch of exotic fruits and honey make for a smooth and juicy feel in the long finish. A hint of zest comes through in the after-taste. This is a gorgeous Auslese-style wine in the making! 2027-2047."

    Terry Theise note "Probably the masterpiece of their vintage, but not an “easy” wine. Extreme sassafrass, and very stony, but a hyssop-y spice trails along a subtle vein of fruit. Mosel at its most masculine, but hugely impressive, with its serious “resting face.”"
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  5. ALFRED MERKELBACH 2018 RIESLING SPATLESE URZIGER WURZGARTEN #6

    Item #: i_318009
    Bottle Size: 750ml
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  6. DONNHOFF 2018 ESTATE RIESLING QBA FEINHERB NAHE, GERMANY

    Item #: i_328015
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    “A PERFECT VINTAGE OF THE BEST WINE VALUE IN THE ENTIRE DAMN WORLD, any color, any grape, any country, any price-point. This year for the first time it also contains fruit from a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhauser) Klamm (see also Jakob Schneider; the site is a mélange of Rotliegend and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.)” - Terry Theise

    JANCIS ROBINSON - 16 POINTS The QbA bottling, described as 'fruchtig'. TA 8 g/l, RS 29 g/l. Richer and riper on the nose than the Höllenpfad Riesling trocken. Medium sweet but balanced. Creamy in the mouth thanks to the fruit ripeness but still deliciously fresh. Reasonably persistent too. JULIA HARDING, MW (JH)

    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 89 POINTS The 2018 Estate Riesling Feinherb had also been bottled at the start of the week, ahead of my Thursday afternoon visit, but it was showing quite well indeed (despite having to follow-up all of those GG fireworks). This wine comes in at 10.5 percent alcohol, has acids of 8.5 grams and sports around twenty-five grams of sugar this year. The bouquet is very pretty, offering up scents of white cherries, apple, salty minerality and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and juicy, with very good backend mineral tug, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the absolutely delicious finish. Another bargain! 2019-2040. 89.

    "This is from two main vineyards Oberhauser Felsenberg (volcanic) and Kieselberg (slate) as well as declassified fruit from the Grand Cru sites and Klamm, a new acquisition, a hectare in the (Niederhäuser) Klamm which we know from Jakob – it’s a mélange of slate and weathered porphyry, and has both steep and flat sections.. The idea here is to make a village wine, basically, though it’s sold and marketed as a Gutswein or Estate bottled basic wine. The Estate wine combines the two major soils that dominate the holdings for the estate, giving the drinker a look into what Donnhoff is all about. The basic wine is a calling card and thus Cornelius wants to make statement" - Importer
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  7. DONNHOFF 2018 RIESLING NIEDERHAUSER KLAMM KABINETT

    Item #: i_328019
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "From a one-hectare plot with younger vines on porphyry soils, the 2018 Niederhäuser Klamm Riesling Kabinett is open, bright and fresh on the nose, with ripe fruit but also remarkable smokiness, elegance and polished character. Lush and round but crystalline and fresh on the palate, this is a charmingly elegant and fruity Kabinett with frisky salinity on the finish and nice mineral grip. Very attractive and fresh. Tasted in July 2019."
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  8. DONNHOFF 2018 RIESLING OBERHAUSER LEISTENBERG KABINETT

    Item #: i_324099
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JOHN GILMAN, VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 93 POINTS The Leistenberg has the oldest vines of all the Donnhoff parcels and they have really excelled in 2018. This beautiful Kabinett offers up a complex bouquet of white cherries, apple, salty slate, bee pollen and a lovely mix of spring flowers and fruit blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and filigreed, with its beautiful fruit tones stretched taught over its minerality, with bright, zesty acids and lovely lift and grip on the long and complex finish. Just beautiful. 2022-2060. 93.
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  9. DR H THANISCH 2016 RIESLING GRAACHER HIMMELREICH GG TROCKEN DRY

    Item #: i_382385
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS - "Smoke and slate mingle into luscious peach and pineapple in this lithe yet concentrated dry Riesling. Piercing lemon-lime acidity and honed strokes of steel build a feeling of tension on the palate with each sip. Gorgeous already but likely to intensify in complexity through 2030."
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  10. DR H. THANISCH ERBEN MULLER-BURGGRAEF 2014 RIESLING SPATLESE BERNCASTELER DOCTOR

    Item #: i_382386
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2014 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spatlese is clear and concentrated on both nose and palate, and comes along as a highly elegant, piquant and persistently mineral and salty Riesling with great terroir expression and an endless finish. This is a great and flinty Spatlese with 7.5% alcohol that would be worth a Goldkapsel (Gold Capsule). Bottled with 7.5% alcohol, it's perfectly balanced and full of tension and delicacy.

    "You had to have good nerves and an instinctive feeling in 2014," says Max Ferger, winemaking director of the domaine from Barbara and Eric Rundquist, who are currently building a new winery far outside the inner city of Bernkastel. After a terribly rainy August and September (with 295 liters of rain) the harvest began earlier than expected and had to be finished quickly. Pinot Noir was the first grape that was picked in October, and it had to be sorted painstakingly, since the grapes were "everything between perfect and rotten,"--also a result of drosophila suzukii, which occurred for the first time in the Mosel. "Even within the same vineyard, there were good and rotten grapes, not just in the Pinot plots, but also the Riesling parcels," reports Max Ferger. "We had to control every single vineyard in order to react promptly.“ Yields were very diverse from village to village. Whereas in the top sites, only 20 hectoliters were cropped, there were 45 hectoliters in the vineyards in Kues and Lieser. The average yield in 2014 was 27 hectoliters, which is a bit more than 2013, but less than 2012 and by far not enough. The 2014 harvest was paused only on two rainy days and finished on October 30. Thanks to the sorting investment, Ferger fermented musts with sugar weights high enough for Spatlese and even two Auslese Rieslings. The resulting wines are at least very good and many of them are excellent; whereas the predicates from the Bernkasteler Doctor are simply great in their elegance and finesse. Don't miss them, although they are rare.
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  11. DR H. THANISCH ERBEN MULLER-BURGGRAEF 2015 RIESLING KABINETT BERNCASTELER DOCTOR

    Item #: i_382384
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
    The 2015 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett is clear, deep and subtle on the nose that displays ripe and concentrated fruit aromas along with flinty/mineral notes. Lush, sweet and piquant on the palate, this is a very elegant and seductive Kabinett that tastes rather like a Spätlese and reveals a long and well structured finish. Bottled with 8% alcohol and 68 grams of residual sugar. Keep this Doctor in your cellar at least for 6-10 years.

    The "other" Thanisch widow is not a member of the Mosel VDP, but that's not saying anything about the wine quality (which is not really serving the Mosel cliche) rather than a lot about the Mosel VDP and its members. Barbara Rundquist and her cellar master Max Ferger presented me another top series of Rieslings in their new winery in Andel (Bernkastel), and it is the finest they have produced so far. The harvest went from September 30 to November 6, so pretty long. The grapes are always macerated and slowly pressed, and the firmly structured wines are bottled late and with lower sulfur doses than usual in the Mosel Valley. The results are complex and expressive wines for fans of well-structured rather than beautifully flavored, easy-drinking Rieslings. Lovers of Loire Chenin might be pretty happy with this style whereas lovers of the Jugendstil style of Willi Schaefer or Joh. Jos. Prüm might be a bit confused. The best wines are the sweet Spatlsen and Auslesen from the Doctor, Lay and Graben in Bernkastel and the Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr. The dry Doctor—or grand cru or GG if you so will—comes along as Spätlese trocken and is never chaptalized. The 2014 wines were bottled along with the 2015s in August 2016, and both are great dry Rieslings.
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  12. DR LOOSEN 2016 EISWEIN RIESLING 187ml ICEWINE

    Item #: i_311924
    Bottle Size: 187ml
    TASTING NOTES: This vibrant, racy dessert wine conjures flavors of densely packed pear, apple and guava, with an intense, nervy edge in the aroma. It is luscious, silky and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity giving it a crisp, dynamic finish.

    From the Producer:
    Eiswein ("ice wine") is another of nature's rare and wonderful gifts in our area. We hold aside certain plots of vines, hoping for a deep enough freeze(minimum 8C, or 17F) to harvest frozen grapes. These grapes are picked in the wee hours of the morning and pressed while they are still frozen, to slowly squeeze out a few drops of precious nectar, leaving the water behind as ice. The result is a vibrant, racy dessert wine that is strikingly different from the rounder, more honeyed style of the wines concentrated by botrytis.

    This estate-grown Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein comes from special parcels in Bernkastel and Wehlen that we hold aside every year, hoping that it will freeze before the grapes fall victim to overripeness or rot - or get eaten by the wild boars! The frozen grapes for this particular bottling came primarily from a premier cru site called Bernkasteler Matheisbildchen, which is about halfway up the steep slope behind the Dr. Loosen estate house. The higher elevation makes this a cooler site, with greater potential for Eiswein.
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  13. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE

    Item #: i_311012
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 95 POINTS This sings with a pure, elegant mix of peach, quince, dried pear and apple tart flavors. Rich and creamy midpalate, this features an exuberantly minerally and fruity finish that glistens with acidity. Drink now through 2042. 20 cases imported.

    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 96 POINTS A creamy-dreamy nose with a lot of tropical flowers that is very enticing. Very lush and concentrated but with great purity and delicacy too. If you have never tasted an Auslese from Egon, then you've missed something in life. This wine is the ideal one to put that right. If you're already familiar with this wine from other vintages, you could wait years or decades for this. Stuart Pigott

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 97 POINTS The 2015 Auslese from the Scharzhofberg vineyard that I had the pleasure to taste from Egon Müller is utterly brilliant. The bouquet offers up a very, very pure and discreetly glazed bouquet of white cherries, pear, bee pollen, a touch of orange zest, gentle slate undertow and a pungent topnote of cherry blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and stunningly pure, with a creamy core, ripe, juicy acids and magical length and grip on the nascently complex and absolutely electric finish. This is a breathtakingly magical wine in the making, and keep in mind, this is only the tip of the Auslesen iceberg at Weingut Müller! 2025- 2100. 97.

    MOSEL FINE WINES 96+ POINTS Gorgeously vibrant scents of white peach, herbs and spices give way to richer and more complex notes of apricot, pineapple and fresh herbs and white flowers with airing. The wine manages to be delicately smooth and, at same time, racy as an almost Eiswein-like acidity cleanses the palate and provides focus to an area of complex cocktail fruits, herbs and minerals in the finish. This beauty in the making has stunning development potential. 2025-2060
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  14. EGON MULLER 2015 RIESLING SCHARZHOFBERGER AUSLESE 375ML **HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: i_311017
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    WINE SPECTATOR - 95 POINTS This sings with a pure, elegant mix of peach, quince, dried pear and apple tart flavors. Rich and creamy midpalate, this features an exuberantly minerally and fruity finish that glistens with acidity. Drink now through 2042. 20 cases imported.

    JAMESSUCKLING.COM - 96 POINTS A creamy-dreamy nose with a lot of tropical flowers that is very enticing. Very lush and concentrated but with great purity and delicacy too. If you have never tasted an Auslese from Egon, then you've missed something in life. This wine is the ideal one to put that right. If you're already familiar with this wine from other vintages, you could wait years or decades for this. Stuart Pigott

    JOHN GILMAN - VIEW FROM THE CELLAR - 97 POINTS The 2015 Auslese from the Scharzhofberg vineyard that I had the pleasure to taste from Egon Müller is utterly brilliant. The bouquet offers up a very, very pure and discreetly glazed bouquet of white cherries, pear, bee pollen, a touch of orange zest, gentle slate undertow and a pungent topnote of cherry blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and stunningly pure, with a creamy core, ripe, juicy acids and magical length and grip on the nascently complex and absolutely electric finish. This is a breathtakingly magical wine in the making, and keep in mind, this is only the tip of the Auslesen iceberg at Weingut Müller! 2025- 2100. 97.

    MOSEL FINE WINES 96+ POINTS Gorgeously vibrant scents of white peach, herbs and spices give way to richer and more complex notes of apricot, pineapple and fresh herbs and white flowers with airing. The wine manages to be delicately smooth and, at same time, racy as an almost Eiswein-like acidity cleanses the palate and provides focus to an area of complex cocktail fruits, herbs and minerals in the finish. This beauty in the making has stunning development potential. 2025-2060
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  15. FALKENSTEIN 2017 RIESLING KRETNACHER ALTENBERG SPATLESE TROCKEN (DRY) #7

    Item #: i_374421
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    MOSEL FINE WINES 93 POINTS - "The 2017er Krettnacher Altenberg Spätlese Trocken was made from fruit harvested at 89° Oechsle in the Enkers part of the vineyard which is planted with 50 year-old vines. It offers a stunning nose of flowers, white peach, a hint of passion fruit and herbs. The wine develops a beautifully elegant feel of herbs, salty elements and spices, with a little bit of power in the finish. The balance and finesse is simply superb and full of potential. 2022-2037"

    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "From Enkers Weinberg and picked around October 10, the 2017 Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese trocken is clear, precise and flinty on the nose, offering ripe and refreshing mineral and lemon aromas. On the palate, this is a tight, very mineral, concentrated and structured Riesling with a bone-dry and salty taste and a juicy finish. This is full-bodied at 11.5% alcohol. Tasted from AP 7 18 in June 2019."

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  16. GOBELSBURG 2018 RIESLING SCHLOSSKELLEREI GOBELSBURG DRY TROCKEN

    Item #: i_114581
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
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  17. GUT HERMANNSBERG 2014 RIESLING GG GROSSES GEWACHS TRAISER BASTEI

    Item #: i_372021
    Bottle Size: 750ml

    WINE ADVOCATE 90+ POINTS Picked significantly earlier as in 2013 and before, the 2014 Traiser Bastei Riesling GG displays a very clear, fresh and mineral, as well as elegant bouquet. Creamy textured, juicy and elegant on the palate, with a well integrated acidity, this medium-bodied Riesling reveals a ripe acidity and good mineral piquancy, as well as a velvet texture. Still young, this wine might gain more transparency over the years.

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  18. GUT HERMANNSBERG 2016 RIESLING DRY "JUST RIESLING"

    Item #: i_311866
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 91 POINTS A dry Nahe riesling that manages to be immediately attractive, but also has the herbal, smoky and mineral character that makes this region special. The spot-on balance makes this an uncomplicated food wine. Drink now. Screw cap. Stuart Pigott.

    JANCIS ROBINSON - 15.5 POINTS Almost perfumed aromas of ripe fruit with a slightly exotic leaning are well supported by a gentle scent of green herbs. The taste buds are treated to a delicate flavour of grapefruit, lime and a subtle salty tang, lively acidity and just a smidgeon of residual sugar take the sting out of trocken. Pleasant, straightforward dry Riesling. (MS)
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  19. J. JOS PRUM 2017 RIESLING AUSLESE WEHLENER SONNENUHR

    Item #: i_331141
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 97 POINTS The 2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is intense and concentrated on the nose, with raisin, grapefruit and even vegetable aromas at the moment. This is highly attractive and noble on both the nose and palate. The wine is lush and dense on the palate but highly elegant, crystalline and fine, revealing a highly stimulating, salty-piquant and intensely aromatic and complex finish. This is an outstanding wine, and it's highly digestible. Tasted in March 2019.

    Katharina Prum started harvesting on September 25th in 2017, benefited from a golden sunny October and finished in a little bit more than three weeks on October 18. The team picked all predicates from Kabinett (the Graacher Himmelreich is one of the finest produced in the Mosel that year) to TBA yet with a focus on Spatlese and Auslesen, which are absolutely fabulous in their purity, finesse and weightless elegance. Only the higher predicates, including the gold-capsuled Auslesen, are based on a good amount of carefully selected botrytis and overwhelming quality. Prüm also produced BAs and TBAs in Graach and Wehlen, which will be released later and which I didn't taste so far. 2017 is another great collection for this iconic family domaine in Wehlen.

    MOSEL FINE WINES - 92+ POINTS This 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is almost non-saying at f irst and only timidly delivers scents of vineyard peach, grapef ruit, pear puree, spices and gingerbread. The w ine is delightfully playful and delicately sweet on the palate, where almond cream, peach and candied melon make for a smooth and round feeling. A f resher side underpinned by some zesty grapef ruit comes through in the f inish and af ter -taste. This Auslese will test the patience of wine lovers, yet reward those w ith the patience to wait: This is a great Auslese in the making, and one which has quite some upside potential if it freshens up with time. 2032-2047

    JANCIS ROBINSON - 16.5 POINTS Real struck-match aromatics here! Orchard blossom. And then sugary. Hasn’t come together yet. Lots of acidity. Lots of structure. Like scaffolding around a beautiful building. Hasn’t yet been revealed. (TC)
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