2017 Fritz Haag "Estate" Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1400796 91 points James Suckling

 Like biting into a crisp pear but without the sweetness. This is very clean and bright with great balance. Whatever time of day or night it is, you can grab this and head to a restaurant!  (6/2018)

John Gilman

 The 2017 Estate Riesling Trocken from Weingut Fritz Haag comes in at 11.5 percent alcohol, with ten percent of the blend raised in large cask and the rest in stainless steel. The wine is a lovely entry level bottling, offering up a bright bouquet of green apple, lime, slate, lovely smokiness and a touch of Brauneberg’s upper register mossiness. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and very nicely balanced, with fine focus and grip, good acids and a long, zesty finish. A fine example. Drink between 2018-2030.  (5/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 A delightful fragrance covers the seasonal spectrum of a local orchard from early blossom to ripe fruit. On the palate the flavour of peach and grapefruit is joined by a fair dose of minerality, which with its quinine expression takes a slightly medicinal direction, but preferable to a gin and tonic any day. (MS)  (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

 A spicy, dry wine, with concentration to the fruit and floral notes, underscored by saffron accents. A little austere on the finish. (AZ, Web Only-2019)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 02 18. The 2017er Riesling Trocken comes from ripe fruit harvested at 88° Oechsle in Estate’s holdings in the Brauneberger Klostergarten, Burgener Römerberg and Mülheimer Sonnenlay as well as from young vines from the Brauneberger Juffer. It develops a beautifully delicate and flowery nose, which screams at Fritz Haag as whipped cream, apricot flower, almond, tangerine, yellow peach and some residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation emerge from the glass. Some zesty acidity runs through the wine, making for a zesty feel on the palate. The very long, spicy and slightly herbal finish shows nice presence which provides some buffer to the overall zesty side of the wine. This is a beautiful light dry Riesling which will particularly suit lovers of racy wines. 2019-2027." (10/2018)

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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.