2015 Peter Lauer "Barrel X" Riesling Mosel (Saar)

SKU #1263597

Peter Lauer and his sons Peter and Florian are the proprietors of a tiny little hotel and restaurant in the village of Ayl, on the west side of the Saar River. Their winery is located next door to the hotel, and it seems as though many of the guests leave with a case or two of wine. This is how Weingut Peter Lauer subsisted for many generations. But now Lauer has garnered something of a cult following, and if you haven't tried one of their dry or off-dry Rieslings, you are truly missing out. The Barrel X is the winery's entry level offering, but it's so much more high-toned and complex than its price would suggest. Sprightly nuances of mineral, citrus, green apple skin and sea spray dance from the nose to the palate, and 9 grams per liter of acidity makes your mouth water.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2016 | Send Email
Dry or off-dry? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell. The Barrel X from Peter Lauer tastes pretty close to dry. It’s refreshing, crisp, and focused. But there is also a weight and concentration that belies the touch of sugar underneath it all. The aromatics are largely citrus based. Tart lemon, lime, and a little grapefruit make the wine decidedly zesty. There is also a little extra ripeness of pineapple and of course, the slate minerality of the Mosel. The wine is very much alive. There is no effervescence, but it has a spectacular zip to it that gets you right on the tip of your tongue. A superb value!

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- 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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