2011 Friedrich Becker Sonnenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs (Dry)

SKU #1137650

Regarded as one of Germany's top producers of Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), Freidrich Becker also produces outstanding white wines. His holdings cover 14 hectares, with 60% of his vineyards on the border with Alsace. 3% is planted to Riesling. This is a dry style, with leading with classic Riesling citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors, with complex earthy and floral highlights, and a current of minerals throughout. It shows excellent depth and concentration on the palate, is fresh and juicy, with mouthwatering acidity. The finish lingers with complex flavors. This is a really delicious dry Riesling that can be enjoyed young with a wide variety of foods, but has potential to evolve towards further complexity in bottle.

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By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/17/2014  | Send Email
Incipient musky floral perfume, petrol, and wet stone here join lemon-lime flavors, with a pithy dimension. Candied lemon peel, light spice, and a dab of honey, rounds out the still youthfully firm palate.

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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.