2014 Max Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben" Riesling Mosel

SKU #1318397 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a plot named In Brück that was planted in 1890, the 2014 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese trocken Uralte Wurzelechte Reben was picked with 91° Oechsle and fermented to 11.5% alcohol. The wine opens deep, ripe and intense on the nose, and displays ripe and stewed peaches on the nose. On the palate this is a juicy, rich and intense Riesling with good mineral structure and grip. This is a traditional, dry Riesling whose grapes were macerated for about six hours. Very good aging potential.

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe-tasting, with aromas and flavors of baked apple, lemon verbena and beeswax that feature plenty of spicy notes. Smoky accents on the decadent finish.

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The grapes used for this wine are from an especially old plot planted between 1890 and 1900. "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben" translates to "ancient, ungrafted vines." Grapes were harvested in late October and almost 15% were botrytised. It was given eight hours of skin contact maceration followed by gentle pressing. Temperature-controlled fermentation with indigenous yeast in traditional old oak barrels. It shows aromas and flavors of ripe yellow fruits with floral notes and herbal spice. - This house enjoys one of the richest family histories in the Mosel region. From the estate: "Founded in 1680 as a wine export company, today the estate of Max Ferdinand Richter is owned by the same family that first purchased vineyards in Brauneberg in 1643. The Richter Estate mansion and its Frenchbaroque garden were built in 1774, and the winery buildings, built in 1880, boast one of the largest fuder oak barrel wine cellars in the Mosel area. Max Ferdinand Richter is managed and operated by Dr. Dirk Max Ferd. Richter, the ninth generation of his family to do so. The tenth generation – Constantin Max Ferd. Richter – also works at the estate, continuing this strong family tradition."

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.5