2012 Eva Fricke Lorchhäuser Seligmacher Riesling (end of vintage) (Previously $45)

SKU #1138349 Jancis Robinson

 Very 'wet stoney' and dry on the end. Racy and very salivatory. Great intensity and density. Grapefruit and structure. Explosive yet tight. Very fine. 17/20 points. Drink 2015-2025.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Eva Fricke grows only Riesling on the steep slopes of Lorch in the Rheingau. Some of the vines are more than 45 years old, and this bottling shows the minerality of the slate and quartzite soils of Lorch. The wine is made in a dry style, but perhaps not quite dry enough to legally be labeled "trocken." Regardless, Eva seems to eschew the arcane Prädikat labeling rules and just make the best possible wine. The wine introduces itself with a deceptively fine texture, but then comes in with a sneaky Rheingau power. Pretty aromatics have the essence of the vineyard while showing elegance and persistence. Eva Fricke is a young rising star and an independent force. A very fine value!

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2014 | Send Email
Honey tangerine, stone fruit, floral, and mineral notes combine with spicy-sweet vanilla and balsam in this taut, focused Riesling. While there is lots going on here, it isn't an obvious wine, and it takes awhile to tease everything out.

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