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At 50º north, Germany may represent the latitudinal limit for the production of fine wine. But, the qualities of fine classic German Riesling are, in our humble opinion, unparalleled anyweher on planet earth, deftly balancing a gentle sweetness and a prickelnd laser-like acidity.

 
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2016 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese   2017 Dr Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate   2016 Loosen Bros Riesling Dr L  
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2016 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese

The white peach, pear and white currant on display here offered a jellied impression of ripeness, sweetness and concentration such as I would have anticipated from an Auslese. The nose is effusive and the palate luscious, creamy and glycerol-rich yet delicate and shot through with enlivening fresh lime. As with a number of Grünhaus 2016s, there is an appealingly cooling aspect to this wine’s green herbal accents, while peach kernel and walnut offer piquant counterpoint to the wine’s overt sweetness and luscious fruitiness. In a surprising role reversal, this Abtsberg delivers the sort of vividly tactile sense of smoky and crystalline stony mineral impingement and vibrant sense of dynamic flavor interplay that I typically associate with Herrenberg. (There is no separate auction lot of Abtsberg Spätlese from vintage 2016.) Tasted January, 2014. Drink 2017-2044. Rated 93. - David Schildknecht, vinousmedia.com, March, 2018.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case

2017 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate

Produce of predominantly Graacher, Wehlener and Bernkastel Riesling fruit blended to achieve a kind of quintessential middle-Mosel wine; delicate, fragrant, ripe Riesling aromas that suggest citrus flower, vanilla; ripe and just round at the edges, brilliantly balanced with bright acidity that charges the palate and keeps everything fresh and moving forward.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2016 Loosen Bros Riesling Dr. L 2016 Loosen Bros Riesling Dr. L

Dr. L comes exclusively from traditional Mosel vineyards, read steep slopes and slate soils, and serves well as an excellent introduction to the elegant and racy style that is classic Mosel Riesling. Vivid, fresh aromas suggest clean slate and stone fruits like peach and apricot; bright and fresh on the tongue with lively interplay between intensity of delicate ripe fruit and a bright fresh acidity that keeps things bouncing along crisp and clean, ultra-refreshing to the finish. Brilliant value, too!

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case


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