2019 Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Grosses Gewächs Alte Reben Mosel

SKU #1572006 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Delicately leafy nose of considerable complexity, then a very concentrated, filigree palate with a super fresh, very long slate finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From ungrafted vines, the 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling GG Alte Reben displays a fine, concentrated, beautifully slatey and floral bouquet of perfectly ripe Riesling berries and apricots as well as the flinty character of blue slate. Round and finessed on the palate, this is an intense, lush, mouth-filling, stimulatingly piquant and salty Riesling with remarkable finesse, delicately classy acidity and a lingering, mouthwatering finish. Still young but impressive in its combination of aromatic complexity and the finesse of the terroir. 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: 56 20. The 2019er Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Alte Reben, as it is referred to on the main label (the reference to GG is left for the back label), comes from very old un-grafted vines in the prime Stablay sector, and was fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for 12 months. It offers a hugely aromatic nose made of mirabelle, carraway, cream, smoke, and herbal elements. The wine develops a great juicy fruitiness on the palate and leaves an engaging and fruit-driven feel in the finish. The after-taste is hugely spicy and herbal but above all engaging, deep, and nicely persistent. This fruity and subtly ripe expression of dry Riesling will need a few years to shed its primary smoothness and reveal its cut. 2026-2039." (10/2020)

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