2016 Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Riesling Mosel (Dry)

SKU #1347536 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From five different parcels with young and old vines, the 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling "GG" has a clear and nicely reductive bouquet with smoky stone fruit aromas. The next day shows an even finer bouquet with melting stones, herbs and citrus flavors intermixed with very fine, perfectly ripe and concentrated Riesling aromas. Lush, elegant and fine on the palate, this is a full-bodied and intense, silky textured and very persistent Sonnenuhr with a crystalline structure and a terribly long, fresh and salty-piquant finish. Good mineral tension and freshness in the crunchy, highly stimulating aftertaste. This Wehlener Sonnenuhr is one of the finest grand crus Thomas and Ute Haag produced in 2016. Tasted March 2018.(SR)  (4/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Intense layers of smoke and stone are calibrated against pristine white peach and grapefruit here. Dry, lithe and lean in style, it's a classically Mosel wine anchored by zesty lemon-lime acidity and deeply penetrating hits of slate and dusty minerality. Hold till 2021.  (6/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Site-typical scents of apple and vanilla set the tone for the juicy, bitter-edged performance on a polished palate more expansive and a bit less firm than that of the other Schloss Lieser 2016 vintage Grosse Gewächse. This finishes with impressive persistence of fruit and wet stone but, for now at least, without the animating and refreshing brightness or the sense of energy that informed those immediate siblings. Haag’s parcels in this prestigious vineyard are superbly located, and the scrupulousness of his team’s approach both in the vineyard and in the cellar is assured. Perhaps the wine just needs more time in bottle. And yet I don’t find traits that prompt me to think “long keeper.”(DS)  (1/2018)

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