2017 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese Mosel

SKU #1412473 94 points James Suckling

 Slightly funky from the wild ferment, but this also has concentrated peaches and blackcurrants. Coupled with succulent sweetness, this makes a serious statement. Needs some time to open up, but it will be very seductive from 2019. Drink or hold. This has long-term aging potential.  (6/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Goldtröpfchen Spätlese is super clear, bright and fresh on the subtle and elegant nose. This is a lean, highly elegant, firm and grippy, persistent and concentrated Spätlese in the Feinherb style, as the residual sugar (73 grams per liter) is pretty much absorbed. Tasted in April 2019. (SR) 94+  (6/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A fabulous spätlese, rich and exciting, yet packed into a lean framework. Offers a delicious presentation of lemon curd, grapefruit and slate flavors, intensely displayed on bracing acidity. Floral notes emerge on the long finish. Delicious now, but this will age gracefully. Drink now through 2035.  (7/2019)

92 points John Gilman

 There are two different Goldtröpfchen Spätlesen in 2017, with the AP #25 coming in at eight percent alcohol, 8.2 grams per liter of acidity and seventy-two grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine is lovely and succulent right out of the blocks, delivering a fine, complex nose of peach, a touch of passion fruit, cassis, salty minerality, spring flowers and bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full, zesty and offers truly lovely fruit on the attack, with a good core, bright, zesty acids and fine backend salinity from the extract on the long and vibrant finish. This is really pretty and will drink well from the outset. (Drink between 2018-2040).  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 25 18. The 2017er Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese was harvested at 92° Oechsle. It offers a rather sharp nose made of grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, minty herbs and some whipped cream. The wine is quite sharp and almost hard on the palate but leaves a beautifully sweet and zesty feel of pear, peach, apricot blossom and minty herbs in the long finish. 2027-2047." (08/2018)

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