2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Frühlingsplätzchen Grosses Gewächs Riesling Nahe (Dry) (Previously $70)

SKU #1334123 96 points James Suckling

 Still seriously funky (reduction), but behind that is enormous berry fruit and after all the juicy stuff is done comes a slew of herbal-mineral character at the whiplash finish. Drink now or hold.  (11/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From roughly 55-year-old vines on red slate and in a very steep plot, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Frühlingsplätzchen "GG" opens with a super pure, precise and herbal/stony bouquet with flint stone aromas and a touch of red berries. Full-bodied, intense and very elegant on the silky-textured palate, this Riesling has a firm structure with piquant acidity but also shows great finesse and elegance. This is a dense and well-concentrated but highly delicate Riesling with a long, very precise and crystalline finish. (SR)  (2/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Expansive, with a glossy texture, underscored by a vivid structure that defines the bergamot, Korean pear, grapefruit and iodine notes. The acidity, though intense, is beautifully integrated, carrying this to a long aftertaste. Lovely now, but should get much better in the years to come. (AZ)  (7/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Strongly mineral on the nose. Very 'cool' and classic. Some traditionalists may find the nose a bit too pungent and un-fruity. And it certainly has a way to go... but it is SO juicy and drinkable. (JR)  (11/2017)

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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.
Sub-Region:

Nahe