2019 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese Mosel (Previously $60)

SKU #1509747 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A really beautiful, concentrated Auslese that combines a lot of citrus character with complex, spicy notes. The long finish is super fresh and very mineral. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is clear and bright on the still-closed nose yet less complex compared to the Sonnenuhr (probably due to the recent bottling). The wine is clear and fresh, shows caramelized apple flavors, finely classy acidity and a a crystalline, elegant finish yet seems to be somehow reduced in its expression. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. "2019 was a great, great year," says Ernst Loosen, whom everyone just calls Ernie, although the quantity is small and at 60 hectoliters per hectare, about 23% below the long-term average. "At the end of the harvest, it became 'spongy.' There was rain and unattractive, washed out botrytis. Only the early botrytis was beautiful, though.” Nothing but perfect botrytis grapes are used for Loosen's terrific predicate,s of which the current portfolio has many to offer from 2018 and 2019, even a 2019 Long Gold Capsule from the Erdener Prälat. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

92pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 38 20. The 2019er Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese was made with 50-60% botrytized fruit harvested at 101° Oechsle and was fermented down to fully sweet levels of residual sugar (90 g/l). It offers a hugely complex and intense nose which combines fresh elements including elderflower, blueberry, and mint with more BA-related scents such as almond cream, dried fruits, herbs, and spices. The wine proves ripe and earthy on the creamy yet zesty palate and leaves a mouthwatering feel in the long, smooth, and earthy finish. The after-taste is direct and driven by aniseed herbs, pear puree, and licorice but also a very pure sense of almond paste. 2029-2049." (10/2020)

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