2017 Reinhold Haart Goldtropfchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs Mosel

SKU #1412483 95 points James Suckling

 A masterpiece of Mosel baroque! This is brimming with tropical fruit, yet also has a very firm core and super balance through the very long, polished finish. Drink or hold.  (9/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Goldtröpfchen GG opens very clear and intense on the nose, with an aromatic and slatey note but also an oaky touch. Creamy and juicy on the palate, this wine is still yeasty but develops a persistent finish with a fine bitterness from the sur lie aging. Tasted in Wiesbaden in August 2018.(SR)  (10/2018)

92 points John Gilman

 I tasted two different examples of 2017 Grosses Gewächs from the Goldtröpfchen during my visit, with this sample certain to be bottled on its own as a GG. The wine below was still not decided upon by Johannes, as it still contained about eight grams per liter of residual sugar, which Herr Haart thought would be too much for a GG, but it was already 12.5 percent alcohol, so allowing it to keep fermenting might make it a bit too weighty in terms of alcohol. However, this wine was done fermenting and showing very nicely, at around 12.8 percent alcohol and between three and four grams per liter of residual sugar and it will be lovely. The nose is a tad riper and more expressive than the Ohligsberg GG, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of blood orange, wild years, a bit of currant leaf, citrus peel, lemongrass and a touch of fresh pineapple in the upper register. On the palate the wine si deep, full-bodied and nicely juicy at the core, with bright acids, fine focus and grip and a long, complex and promising finish. This is both a bit flashy on the nose right now and nicely primary still on the palate and should prove to be an excellent wine with a bit of bottle age. (Drink between 2021-2050)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

91pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 20 18. The 2017er Piesporter Goldtröpfchen GG is still hugely restrained and smoky. It only gradually reveals notes of flowers, mint, anise, yellow peach and herbs. The wine is slightly compact on the palate and lives from its acidic structure which gives it a lot of punch and zest. The slightly smoother and creamier side of the finish is nicely framed by some tartness which still needs to integrate. This will prove a great dry Riesling at maturity. 2024-2032." (08/2018)

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.