2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden GG Riesling Mosel (Dry)

SKU #1347539 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Straight from the bottle, the 2016 Niederberg Helden Riesling "GG" offers a clear, very complex and pure bouquet of crushed stones and citrus fruits. The other day (from the same bottle), the wine showed much more fruity aromas on the more developed and intense bouquet. Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with lush and elegant, very persistent and mineral-flavored fruit (with juniper flavors), this is a rich, powerful, very juicy but also silky and crystalline Helden grand cru with a very long and structured finish. There are some tannins in the aftertaste (due to a bit of newer oak perhaps?). Tasted March 2018.(SR)  (4/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Scents of lime, cassis and walnut oil usher in a firm but polished palate featuring invigorating tartness of juicy citrus, apple, white peach and seedy, thick-skinned dark berries. The impressively sustained finish perpetuates this wine’s brightness (surprising, considering its analytically very modest acidity) for invigoration and consummate refreshment. It further benefits from piquant, smoky nut oils, underlying wet stone, saliva-liberating salinity and a cooling sense of green herbal infusion. Here is the closest (two weeks after mid-July bottling) that any of the formidable 2016 Schloss Lieser Grosse Gewächse comes to lusciousness of fruit. But nobody could claim that it stints on mineral elements or lacks (DS)  (1/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pronounced aromas of smoke and earth open into inviting notes of tangerine and honeydew rind with some time and aeration. Crisp pineapple and quince flavors are restrained yet pristine on the palate, augmented by spine-tingling acidity and a lingering lime-pith bite.  (6/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 Sleek and crisp, but with plenty of character but only moderate length this is an elegant dry Mosel Riesling. Drink through 2030.  (9/2017)

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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