2020 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1582120 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The extremely fresh white-peach, herbal and savory nose pulls you into this sleek and vibrant Spätlese that's brimming with white-flower and wet-stone character. Dances over your palate with the greatest of ease. Very long,pure and poised finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese is clear yet pretty reductive on the nose and doesn't yet sing if poured straight from the just opened bottle. The palate is crystalline, fine and lush, very elegant and complex and reveals fine and salty grip on the intense and sustainable finish. 7.5% alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021. 2020 is another excellent vintage for the Schaefer family. Although only one Auslese has been produced and no higher predicate, 2020 is a great vintage in terms of quality, even though the Schaefers "had to deal with conditions" they "have never had before." However, this "very exceptional year" has brought an impressive range of stimulating Kabinett and gorgeous Spätlese Rieslings. (SR) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

K&L Notes

96pts Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2020er Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese AP 05 was made essentially from grapes harvested in the Gerdsgrub and Fergert sectors of the vineyard and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It proves still rather backward and marked by residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation. After a while subtly apricot-infused flavors of melon, cassis, blueberry, blackberry, and aniseed herbs emerge from the glass. The wine proves subtle, intensely cream, and nicely zesty on the palate and leaves a gorgeous feel of ripe and delicately exotic fruits in the long finish. The combination of dark fruits, whipped cream, and juicy acidity packed into mouthwatering sweetness are truly remarkable. 2030-2050." (07/2021)

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