Dr. Loosen Riesling Spatlese "Urziger Wurzgarten" 2019
(Mosel, Germany) - [JS 94] [RP 90]
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About the winery
The Dr. Loosen Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. With ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old, some of the best vineyard sites in Germany (four rated grand cru and two premier cru by both the 1868 German classification and the more current Wine Atlas of Germany), Ernst Loosen has the raw materials for stunningly intense, world-class wines. With crop yields almost half of what is permitted by law, only moderate use of organic fertilizers, and old-fashioned cellar practices, Loosen strives to create wines that unmistakably say "Riesling, Mosel, and Dr. Loosen."
Notes from the Winemaker:
A rich, exotic Riesling with an electric, spicy tingle from the iron-infused red soil of the hyper-steep 'spice garden' vineyard.
The insanely steep, red-soil Urziger Wurzgarten vineyard produces wines of a completely unique nature in the Mosel valley. The wines showcase the typically juicy and precocious fruit of the 'spice garden' vineyard, with a rich mouth feel, brisk acidity and lingering finish.Â
Spatlese is produced with grapes that have a week or two extra hang time, but still without any botrytis. The extra time on the vine gives them higher ripeness and deeper flavors.
Alcohol: 8.0% | Residual Sweetness: 64.6 grams/liter | Total Acidity: 8.9 grams/liter
Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - James Suckling:
"Generous and spicy, but with very racy acidity and a long, energetic finish that's super crisp. So food-friendly, in spite of the obvious, natural-grape sweetness. Drink or hold." (14 Aug, 2020)
90 Points - Robert Paker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2019 Urziger WurzgartenÂ RieslingÂ Spatlese is fine and subtle on the pure, herbal and crunchy/stony nose. Classy on the first palate, this is a sweet, piquant, racy and stimulatingly salty WurzgartenÂ SpatleseÂ that is still terribly young and needs some years to soften and gain finesse. Tasted at the domain in September 2020." - Stephan Reinhardt (Oct 2020)