2015 Wagner-Stempel "vom Porphyr" Siefersheimer Riesling (Dry)

SKU #1270828 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked between October 8 and 27, the 2015 Siefersheim Riesling Trocken Porphyry is clear, ripe and intense on the complex, yet delicate nose, with its herbal and stony flavors. However, it is also still a bit untamed seven weeks after the bottling, which was at the end of April 2016. Intense, lush and juicy in the palate, with great finesse and mineral piquancy, this has ripe and elegant acidity. This is a Premier Cru level with tension, expression, and seductive roundness and juiciness. The finish is pure and salty. The balance is remarkable. One of the finest village wines I have ever tasted from this domaine. Highly recommended.  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

From importer Rudi Wiest: "In the Gault Millau/German Wine Guide the estate was voted newcomer of the year in 2009...It dates back to 1845 and is currently in its 9th generation. The idyllic delightful inner courtyard with its imposing chestnut tree was expanded in the early 90s to include a painstakingly and lovingly restored guest house. At the same time Daniel Wagner decided to build on the tradition of classic wine production and restore the previously famed vineyard sites Höllberg and Heerkretz (ripens two week later) to their former glory. Restoring is an understatement. More meticulous and well-groomed vineyards can seldom be found! They are planted 50% to Riesling but there are also significant plantings to Pinot Blanc and Silvaner and 14% to red varietals such as Pinot Noir and St. Laurent. The Siefersheim sites are carved out of volcanic hills; the soil is poor in nutrients and consists of volcanic stone also known as porphyr or the more modern expression ryolith, actually quite similar to the Schlossböckelheim sites in the Nahe. 95% of the production is dry. The wines bring amazing mineral drive to the palate! The estate produces 10,000 cases annually, farms organically and is a member of the VDP."

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