Long ago, stone steps were built into this vineyard's steep hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr. They benefit greatly from a few years in the bottle to develop fully.
"The Loosen 2006 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese suggest herbal candy and lozenges, Chartreuse-like floral-herbal distillate, honey, and over-ripe honeydew melon. Hints of smoke and wet stone add interest and there is a lovely sense of levity to the long finish, which is clearly balanced and energized by springs of ripe acidity that aren't directly obvious. (This has only 7.5% alcohol.) Here, too we should have a long – probably 30-year – keeper."
The Wine Advocate
"Of Loosen's 2006 Auslesen, this expresses the most prominent minerality in its youth, its ripe peach and pear fruit wrapped in a darkly savory binding of slate. Lively acidity provides tension and poise."
Wine & Spirits
"Ripe, golden orchard fruit shines. Apple, lime and stone notes mingle and persist through the finish. Ends with a long aftertaste of honey. Drink now through 2030."