2019 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1542684 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark There are not a lot of estates that bottle their Spätlesen under screwcaps, but Robert Eymael has been doing this here since he purchased the winery and vineyards. I am not sure if he offers his Spätlesen under both natural cork and screwcap, or exclusively under screwcap, but this is not a practice I encounter at many German estates, no matter how vociferous is their support of the modern closure. At least out of the blocks, the closure is doing no harm to this beautiful Würzgarten Spätlese, which offers up a bright and complex bouquet of pear, strawberry, lime blossoms, a lovely base of slate minerality, bee pollen, gentle spice tones and a topnote of apple blossom. On the palate the wine is bright, pure, medium-full and vibrant, with a lovely core of fruit, fine mineral undertow, bright acids and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. I have the sense that the screwcap is already starting to clamp down a bit on the finish, so decant this wine for thirty minutes before drinking, just to obviate that aspect of the closure. The raw materials here are beautiful. (Drink between 2020-2045) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

92pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 05 20. The 2019er Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese is made from fruit picked at 92° Oechsle and was fermented down to fully sweet levels of residual sugar (88 g/l). It offers a truly engaging nose made of passion fruit, gooseberry cream, apricot blossom, pear, melon, herbs, and spices. The wine starts off on the sweet side on the fruit-loaded palate and proves gorgeously zesty and animating in the long and playful finish. It does have the subtle intense creaminess and refinement of an Auslese but does unleash this with great zest and focus. 2029-2049." (08/2020)

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