2014 Spreitzer Rosengarten Riesling Rheingau Grosses Gewächs (Dry)

SKU #1272648 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Oestricher Rosengarten Riesling trocken GG is clear, deep, fresh and mineral on the nose, displaying bright fruit and lemon flavors. Full-bodied, rich and very elegant, this is a mouthful of silky textured, powerful and juicy Riesling with a lot of tension, finesse and grip. The long finish is very salty, full of complexity and indicates a great aging potential. Again (like in 2013), this is Spreitzer's most fascinating Riesling of the vintage. (SR)  (10/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Now that the Spreitzers’ immaculately-tended riverside near-monopole is an officially recognized Einzellage, I suppose it was inevitable that they would want to make it the subject of a Grosses Gewächs, and fortunately that has worked out quite well in this instance. Succulent white peach and Crenshaw melon are imbued with pronounced peach kernel piquancy, bittersweet hickory nuttiness and hints of resin, all of which put me in mind of Rieslings from neighboring Hattenheim. There is a starchy sense to the mid-palate, underscored by earthy suggestions of raw turnip. Stony and alkaline notes pull the finish is an unexpectedly austere direction, though there is still persistent juiciness. (DS)  (5/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite perfumed nose, floral, and with a name like Rosengarten you may expect the gentle scent of rose blossom. Starts off seductively sweet on the tip of the tongue, less because of the actual residual sugar, more so because of the sweet insinuations of fruit and flowers. Peach and nectarine benefit from a nice sprinkling of spice, but before the taste becomes totally esoteric, dusty and stony nuances bring the palate back to earth with all its mineral implications. Grosses Gewächs with great complexity. 18/20 points. Drink to 2024. (MS)  (9/2015)

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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.
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Rheingau