2016 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru "Sommerberg Granite"

SKU #1361363 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromatically, this wine is still shy on nose and palate. Underneath that the linearity and inherent slenderness of ripe tangerine flesh and zest come though, enriched with an earthy notion of ripe pear. The palate is dry and energetic, but also still rather closed. The true colors are revealed on the finish, with a lasting pear note bundled on the concentrated, linear palate. Drink 2019 - 2030. (AK)  (12/2017)

90 points James Suckling

 A little forward already with sliced pear, flint and apple character. Hints of almond. Medium body, fresh acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now.  (6/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2018 | Send Email
Wow! My mind is blown....An Alsatian Grand Cru for under $20 is an almost unbelievable bargain. To be able to get a wine from one of the top vineyard sources in all of Alsace for under $20 is the kind of holy grail deal we're all inevitably searching for in the wine business. This wine is loaded with white flower, pear and flint aromas on the nose while the palate displays good energy and lift with orchard fruits, golden delicious apple and pithy flavors. There's impressive complexity as this wine elegantly unfolds across the palate that leads to a long, satisfying finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2028

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This wine has a lot going on! I would describe this wine as lovely. On the nose flint, Bergamot, and white blossom. The palate is fresh and delightful. Nice firm acidity, and concentrated flavors. Pear, lemon, and red apple on the finish. This beauty is drinking great right now, but certainly has the complexity to lay down for a few years.

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.
Alcohol Content (%): 13