2016 Carl Loewen Maximin Herrenberg "1896" Alte Reben Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1353841 95 points James Suckling

 Welcome to the wild and original Mosel where nothing has been tweaked or put in a spotlight. The texture and balance are even better than the excellent 2015 and the finish is super-long and really polished. Better from 2018 and could easily age for 15 years.  (1/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Riesling (Longuich) Maximin Herrenberg Alte Reben Trocken "1896" (White Label) displays an intense, concentrated and pretty aromatic bouquet of ripe and dried bright fruits along with some hazelnut and crunchy slatey aromas. Rich, piquant and elegant, with a certain finesse and lingering salinity, this is a salty-racy Riesling from old, ungrafted vines on reddish slate soils. Compactly structured, this is still very firm and lean in the finish but powerful and with potential to develop more finesse and transparency. The finish is long and salty-piquant and reveals good grip and mineral tension. The best is yet to come here. Fermented in oak fuders. Tasted March 2018. (SR)  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Red currant, white peach and lemon on the nose reconvene on a satiny, subtly oily palate. Piquancy and bite of lemon zest and mustard seed, along with seedy red currant crunch, provide invigoration. This combines density with a sense of lift surprising for a Riesling of 12.5% alcohol, and a seductively satiny texture with clarity and animating, refreshing primary juiciness. The lingering finish is vividly underlain with wet stone. (For details concerning these ancient vines and Loewen senior’s approach with them, consult my review of the corresponding 2015.) (DS)  (1/2018)

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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.


- 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.