Dr. Loosen Dr. L Estate QbA 2012

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

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Item No. 124342
  • white wine
  • WS91
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WE86
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Winemaker's Notes

THis entry-level Dr. 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 througout the Mosel River valley who work very closely with brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen to achieve excellent quality and superb concentration in every vintage.

With its bright fruit, cleansing acidity, low alcohol and affordable price, the Dr. L Riesling is the ideal welcome wine for every gathering, and great for just about every course in a meal. A perfect pour for brunch, its flavors complement everything from rich eggs and hollandaise to sweet waffles and salty ham. It's also excellent with Asian noodle dishes and salad rolls, especially if there is a touch of heat involved.

Critical Acclaim

"A succulent white, filled with plush red peach, cherry and white currant flavors that are supported by zesty acidity. Long and creamy on the finish, offering plenty of spicy overtones. Impressive for the category. "
91 Points

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anne pickett - San Leandro, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/7/2014)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Pair with: fruit and cheese, grilled tilapia, roast chicken
Try the Dr. L if you want to learn more about great German riesling. Very few QbA wines have this depth and concentration. Fresh and crisp with plenty of green apple fruit and a lively finish, this riesling is perfect for drinking on a hot day or anytime.
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Rating:
(6/29/2014)
This is NOT an "Estate" wine. Wine dot com should not title this as an "Estate QbA." An "estate" wine is a wine made with grapes grown on the producer's property or from a specific grower's property. This wine was made with purchased grapes from various different growers. On its website, Loosen specifically writes that the "Dr. L" line of wines are "not estate wines." Loosen makes some very fine estate wines, but Dr. L is not an estate wine. Perhaps someday wine dot com will correct this error, but I doubt it. Anyone with more than a passing fancy of wine knows that such distinctions are important. Unfortunately, wine dot com frequently mis-describes wines on its webstie, uses reviews that were for a different wine, or photos that are for a different wine. On several occasions wine dot com has shipped me a wine different from the wine described or pictured on its website because its people (either the ones writing the website copy or the one assembling the orders at the warehouse) did not know which wine was which. To its credit, wine dot come has always corrected such shipping errors. However, even after it corrects the shipping errors, the web page listings are not corrected. Oh well. As to this wine itself, it ain't half bad for the price: Actual riesling character for around ten bucks--perfect for take out Asian food on Wednesday night.
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yoopergirl - Menominee, MI (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/9/2013)
Style: Light & Crisp
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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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