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2015 Maximin Grunhaus Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1305281 90 points James Suckling

 This smells like a spring meadow and also tastes of spring freshness. Near-perfect harmony for a light dry wine with just 11.5%, full of character and blessed with a delightful personality.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2017 | Send Email
My exact notes upon tasting this wine: "Dry, floral and salty (minerality), less than 12% alcohol - Delicious!" Sometimes simplicity says more than a thousand words...

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
Maxim Grunhaus is one of the most storied estates in the Mosel and until the end of the 18th century it was cared for by the Abbey of St. Maximin. As most of us in the booze business know, the monks have always had the good stuff. Whether in Burgundy, or along the hills of the Mosel River, you can always count on the old church-run properties to have the goods. This dry (or "trocken") entry level riesling is absolutely divine. It still has all the characteristic cocktail fruit of a textbook Mosel sweet riesling, just without the sugar. It's fresh and snappy on the finish and it almost beckons you to pour a second and then third glass.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2017 | Send Email
This iconic Ruwer producer has made a fabulous dry Riesling in the ripe 2015 vintage, and at the price, everyone should drink some. I loved the classic peach fruit and the crackling minerality in this very easy to drink bottle. A long, detailed finish like in this Grunhaus would cost the farm in white Burgundy, but is cheap here even with the pedigree of one of the best producers in Germany.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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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.


- 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.