2018 Dr. Loosen Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewächs Alte Reben Mosel

SKU #1517039 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very fresh wildflowers, honey and plenty of spice here with a pithy citrus-fruit edge. The palate has a very composed, detailed and deeply textural feel. Lime-juice flavors are laced with mineral spark and delivered in impressively succulent and spicy mode. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Dr. Loosen estate has some of its very oldest vines in the Würzgarten vineyard (they are blessed with tons and tons of old vines!), as the parcel used for their GG here are fully one hundred and twenty years of age and planted on their original roots. Like all of the Dr. Loosen Grosses Gewächs bottlings, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged on its fine lees for one year in thousand liter fuder. The 2018 Würzgarten GG is twelve percent octane, has 7.2 grams per liter of acidity and 9.2 grams per liter of residual sugar. The nose of the 2018 is beautifully expressive right out of the blocks, jumping from the glass in a beautiful blend of wild strawberries, gooseberry, lime, salty slate minerality, beautiful spice tones and a topnote of iris blossoms. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and minerally in personality, with a lovely core, fine focus and balance, impressive complexity and a long, vibrant and very refined finish. This too will want some time alone in the cellar to really start hitting on all cylinders, but it has a fine, fine future ahead of it. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The penetratingly high-toned nose evokes strawberry distillate and lime peel. An invigoratingly tangy impression of seedy fresh strawberry plays against a texturally polished background, augmented by resinous green herbal notes, then segues into a brightly, vibrantly lingering finish underlain by vivid wet stone. There is an overall sense of animation here, along with ample refreshment, neither of which can be taken for granted in vintage 2018, let alone in a Grosses Gewächs. This was due for bottling near the end of 2019 or in early 2020. (DS) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Notes of sandalwood and cumin add spice to this wine’s pale peach and pear flavors. It feels succulent and youthful, with a chewy texture that suggests this will have more detail to show with age. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 47 19. The 2018er Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Alte Reben, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to GG is left for the back label), comes from parcels of very old un-grafted vines in the prime Urglück, Maxberg and Layenhaus sectors, and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for almost 12 months. This cask sample proves still quite closed and driven by some almond cream and residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation. It is only after extensive airing that it reveals some elegantly floral scents of tangerine, vineyard peach, and spices. The wine is quite refined and delicate on the overall rather smooth and fruit-driven palate. Flavors of juicy yellow peach convey a not fully dry-tasting feel to the otherwise beautifully complex and lingering finish."

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