2016 Schloss Lieser Graacher Himmelreich GG Riesling Mosel (Dry)

SKU #1347537 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Himmelreich Riesling "GG" is clear and aromatic but initially a bit untamed on the reductive nose that displays ripe and intense stone fruit aromas like yellow-fleshed nectarines. Lovely smoky-mineral aromas come out with more aeration and add tension and complexity. Full-bodied and powerful but round and elegant on the fine and silky textured palate, this is a crisp, mineral, juicy, complex and powerful Himmelreich with refreshingly crunchy/slate flavors in the long, salty finish. Still a bit edgy in its reduction, this mouth-filling grand cru needs at least 4 years to unfold all its charm and restrain its power. The finish, however, is very promising and aromatic. Tasted March 2018.(SR)  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 This comes off as even brighter and more rapier in penetration than the corresponding Brauneberger Juffer, so it’s amazing to contemplate that measurable total acidity here is barely above seven grams. Granted, there is no doubt a psychological effect from the dominance of citrus fruit character typical for this site. Lemon and grapefruit pungently and piquantly marked by their peels and seeds share aromatic billing with scents of sea breeze and a Chenin-like, reductive whiff of snuffed candle wick. The palate is firm, with just a hint of white peach pointing in the direction of a more luscious fruit character that may or may not emerge explicitly with time in bottle. The finish, as already intimated, is formidably sustained and brightly penetrating, benefiting from mouthwatering marine minerality. This is one for fans of austerity and athletic leanness in dry Riesling, and even they would probably do well to wait another year before pulling a second cork. (DS)  (1/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 Slightly funky, but there's a lot of fruit in here and the crisp acidity gives the wine a lot of vitality. A bit tart at the finish. Drink through 2030.  (9/2017)

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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.