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2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1378383 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark So Mosel wines are light? Yes they are and this one only has 7% alcohol, but it is staggeringly concentrated for that figure. In spite of having a slew of citrus and stone-fruit aromas, it is also very subtle and graceful. The finish is as pure and straight as a laser beam. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark This is the only Himmelreich Spätlese this year and it is a beauty. The wine has eleven grams per liter of acidity, sixty-five grams per liter of residual sugar and comes in at a cool seven percent alcohol. The bouquet is pure and will probably be quite extroverted once it has recovered from the recent bottling, offering up scents of pear, orange zest, salty minerality, bee pollen and a topnote of lime blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, vibrant and focused, with a lovely core of fruit, superb focus and cut, a long, perfectly balanced and electric finish. Fine, fine juice. 2025-2075. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

K&L Notes

95pts Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2017er Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese delivers an absolutely gorgeous and magnificently fruity nose made of tangerine, apricot, yellow peach, peach kernel, cherry, anise and mint. The wine is superbly playful and juicy on the multi-layered palate as plenty of yellow fruits and some exotic fruits kick in. A superb underlying zesty side adds to the finesse and vibrancy of the very long and racy finish. What a great classic and refined Spätlese in the making. 2027-2047." (06/2018)


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