2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru "Sommerberg Granite"

SKU #1384719 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 A totally floral touch, almost of elderflower, plays on the nose before aromatic citrus hints take over. On the taut concentrated palate, they express themselves as tangy grapefruit, vivid ripe lemon and subtle Meyer lemon. The structure underneath them is crystalline, pure and fine. The finish is a dry sublime sense of lemon purity. This has real lasting impact. Drink now through 2040. (AK)  (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A firm, tightly meshed white, with a subtle, smoky overtone to the flavors of fresh-cut apple, slivered almond, honey and lemon preserves. Mouthwatering finish. (AN)  (12/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the amphitheater, the 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Sommerberg Riesling "Granite" is intensely fruity and almost exotic in its spicy and slightly nutty expressions. Very pure but ripe and rich, with flinty flavors, generously lush fruit and charming texture, this is a full-bodied, intense and powerful Sommerberg that is still searching for its finesse and balance. Very young and (still?) a bit bitter on the finish yet not as tensioned or vital as the great Kastelberg, Schoenenbourg or the powerful Rosacker. Tasted September 2018. (SR)  (10/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Bright pale yellow-green. Vibrant aromas of green apple, lime, exotic spices and white flowers. Silky and supple in the mouth, with ripe acidity giving shape to the flavors of spicy grilled pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes long and classically dry. This is an attractive wine with the balance to give pleasure in its youth. (ID)  (1/2019)


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By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
It truly baffles the mind that a wine of this quality can be so affordably priced. Elegant and refined, it is graced with a wonderful perfume of lilac, Meyer lemon, and wet slate. The palate is multidimensional and wonderfully evolved for such a young wine. Bright citrus flavors are accented by modest touches of orchard fruit and a slight hint of mango. Racy with bright acidity it is zips from the first sip to the last. This historic property has really hit its stride in recent years and has risen to the level of Weinbach, Trimbach, and Zind Humbrecht—making its modest price all the more remarkable. If you are a fan of Riesling (or any world-class white for that matter), you owe it to yourself to give this spectacular 2017 a spin.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2018 | Send Email
A breathtaking wine and astonishing value for sure! This Riesling has so much going on that you just get smitten by complexity of various aromas and flavors. On the nose it opens up with meadow flowers, touch of honey, chamomile and white peach. On the palate it's incredibly powerful, rich and intense with lots of citrus and spice flavors, yet absolutely dry and super mineral; you can certainly feel the presence of that granitic soil that vines are grown on. Impeccable wine from a vineyard that dates back to 1214.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2018 | Send Email
What a beautiful wine! Before you dismiss the 2017 vintage, you must try some of the excellent wines made from Grand Cru sites such as Julien Schaal's Sommerberg "Granite". The aromatics are youthful and exuberant, with white peach, nectarine, and passionfruit, on the palate the wine is clean and crisp, but with a beautiful added weight on the mid palate that speaks of its Grand Cru origin. The finish is persistent with lingering fruit. This has all the bones to develop well if you have the ability to lay it down, but it drinks beautifully now as well.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2018 | Send Email
A gorgeous nose of white flowers, grapefruit zest, almond skin and pear notes greets you immediately upon putting your nose in the glass. The palate is electric, with citrus notes that run the gamut from lemons to grapefruits along with zippy acidity and crackling mineral notes. This stunning Riesling is a fabulous value and I am literally blown away that it is available for under $20! To be able to get a Grand Cru Riesling of this quality for under $20 is an absolute steal and perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2028

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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:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.
Alcohol Content (%): 13