2016 Domaine Weinbach Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling Alsace

SKU #1347079 94 points Decanter

 Domaine Weinbach has long been the estate of the Faller family, and most of its wines come from the Schlossberg, a granitic site of exceptional quality. Some of the Weinbach wines are lightly sweet, but this grand cru is fully dry. The nose is intensely elegant, with restrained citrus and apricot aromas and a whiff of smoke. The palate is fresh and taut, almost angular, and has spice and intensity. This pure and stylish Riesling is very concentrated, of course, and leads into a long, mineral finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040. (SB)  (3/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 A juicy young dry Riesling that's easy to enjoy. If you look closer, you discover a pristine wine with fine peachy ripeness, great lemony freshness and serious minerality. Drink now through 2020.  (6/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Crystalline straw-green. Fresh lemon and jasmine aromas and flavors, plus hints of powdered rock. Energetic and focused, presenting an enticing multilayered quality. Bright and very saline on the long, vibrant finish (this strikes me as the most saline of all the wines I tried at the domaine this year). Made from vines grown at the top of the Schlossberg cru, which is characterized by stonier and poorer soils that usually give much more floral wines than the bottom part of the grand cru. There is less of this wine available than usual in this vintage; the estate declassified some of the grapes because the vines had suffered from water stress (not a rare occurrence at the top of the Schlossberg). (ID)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Riesling is the king of Alsatian wine and the love of the Faller family. The grapes used in this bottling come from the highest plots of the famous grand cru Schlossberg. The resulting wine is elegant, fine, very dry, and sometimes steely. On the nose, the wine possesses a very ripe, tropical nose. There are notes of apple and white peach on the palate along with nectarine. The acidity is lively and the wine is quite mineral, framed by pineapple accents. It remains quite fresh due to the bracing acidity on the finish with nuances of brown sugar.

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