Dr. Loosen Dr. L Estate QbA 2008

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

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Item No. 99083
  • WS90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WE86
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Winemaker's Notes

#62 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The vineyards of Germany's Mosel Valley are characterized by their incredibly steep, south-facing slopes, mineral-rich slate soil and favorable position near the river. Excellent drainage and the heat-retaining quality of the rocky slate soil are also important factors in producing fully ripe, concentrated wines. The combination of these elements results in racy, mineral-inflected Rieslings that are fruity, crisp and very refreshing to drink.

This entry-level Loosen Riesling embodies the elegant and racy characteristics of steep, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very reasonable price. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine made with grapes from contracted growers who work very closely with brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen to achieve excellent quality and superb concentration in every vintage.

Critical Acclaim

"Sleek and tangy, showing apricot, lime and mango flavors matched to a lively structure. Shows good harmony and persistence through the finish. Drink now through 2018."
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/22/2010)
Good valued Riesling but didn't like the sensation of a slightly carbonated beverage.
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Richard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/29/2010)
This is an excellent example of a German Mosel. Not too sweet, as they tend to be sometimes and with good fruit.
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Corey Bragg - Springfield, OR (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/31/2012)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
hints of lemon and lime, if you like late harvest rieslings you will like this.
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Learn About Dr. Loosen Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr) The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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