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2017 Julien Schaal Riesling Grand Cru "Sommerberg Granite"

SKU #1384719 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (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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