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Rieslings from Some of Germany's Best Producers
August 3, 2022

This week, some wines from some of the finest estates making dry Riesling in Germany, plus one aperitif that is not Riesling. But from one of Austria's most exciting producers.


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Wednesday, August 3, 5 - 6:30

Great Producers' Rieslings



This week, some wines from some of the finest estates making dry Riesling in Germany, plus one aperitif that is not Riesling. But from one of Austria's most exciting producers.

Lovers of Teutonic Rieslings know these growers. Others will get to try some of Germany's best

Carl von Schubert's Maximin Grunhaus is famous in the Ruwer for his stellar single vineyard wines. His basic Riesling shows the finesse and direct purity his more expensive wines are noted for.

Muscat is known for its French and Spanish sweet wines. In cooler Austria, Heidi Schrock, vigneronne extraordinaire, makes a more graceful version that is delightfully piquant on the palate. Lacking nothing in concentration, it is a nice c

In the Saar valley, Peter and Florian Lauer have been making some of the finest and most expressive wines and refines in the Saar. The Senior Fass 6 is one of their more approachable and forward wines in 2019. It is extraordinary

George Breuer is one of the finest estates. In the richer lands of the Rheingau, Georg Breuer has some of the most sought-after Grand crus. His village Raunthal estate is among his more affordable, with some of the same character of his grand crus.

Likewise, Wittmann makes some very expressive wines in the Rheinhessen. His Westhofener Riesling is excellent in 2020; an outtake of his grand crus approaches their quality at a much lower price.

Ernie Loosen is famous for his semisweet and sweet Mosel wines, but at home collects white burgundies as well as Rieslings. His dry grand cru Wehlener Sonnenuhr is German Great Growth as Burgundian Grand cru, with extended aging in wood, decidedly outside what most others do, but stunningly original.


2020 von Schubert Maximin Riesling; Aroma: light fresh, clean, very pure, lightly lifted mineral; Mouth: juicy ripe acid just off-dry, clean acidity, fresh, Saar minerality, clean long & precise; Very Good Plus 17.99; Case, 15.99

2020 Heidi Schrock Gelber Muskateller; Aroma: rich mineral; fine broad & spicy rich; Mouth: Rather rich broad, spicy, elegant, very rich; Very Good Plus 26.99; Case, 22.99

2019 Peter Lauer Ayler Riesling Senior; Aroma: Lots of flint, lower toned broad; Mouth: Bright clean, very fresh explodes on the mouth with focused intensity; Very Good Plus 32; Case, 26.99

2019 Breuer Rauenthal Riesling; Aroma: heady soft &dense, rich, heady yet delicate; Mouth: muted diesel, rich intense, mouth clinging long bright acid finish, long; Very Good - Excellent 38; Mixed Case, 34.2; Case, 31.99

2020 Wittmann Westhofener Riesling 1 g; Color: light gold very deep; Aroma: sweet apple opens up slowly very firm, nice minerality; Mouth: bright acid lively clean firm, lifted almost sweet, clean angular minerality; Excellent 48; Case, 40.99

2018 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Alte Reben; Color: Very pale gold green; Aroma: Dry slate, lightly herbal firm, mineral spice rises in the glass, very rich; Mouth: Dry flint rather broad very, hard acid, light in body, the stone shows now; Excellent - Outstanding 52; ; Case, 43.99


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