2016 Schloss Lieser Estate Riesling (Feinherb) Mosel

SKU #1347533

Stephan Reinhardt writes: "With the Bernkasteler Doctor being added in 2016 there are now seven "grands crus" to be found at Thomas Haag's Schloss Lieser. The 2016 GGs are pretty homogenous in terms of quality and style, just the Juffer and the Goldtröpfchen fall a bit apart. Although the whole range was still pretty reductive when I tasted the wines twice on two days in March 2018, there is no doubt about the exceptional quality of the series, especially the wines with residual sugar. Namely, the Auslesen are exceptional and belong to the most exciting sweet wines I have tasted along Mosel, Saar and Ruwer from the 2016 vintage. But the fruity Kabinett and Spätlese selections are also gorgeous in their precision, piquancy and highly attractive juiciness. Haag harvested between October 10th and November 7th under "perfect conditions." Haag's 2016s are a safe value: you can't do anything wrong as long as you are in love with the classic, light and fruity Mosel style. You just need to have a bit of patience with the wines from Schloss Lieser."

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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.
Country:

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:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer