Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2010
Riesling from Mosel, Germany
Notes of white peach and grapefruit on the palate flow nicely into racy acidity. Although the 2010 fruit was much riper than the 2009, the acidity was also higher which makes this wine extremely concentrated while still maintaining balance. The 2010 vintage also had lower yields than normal, but what was harvested is truly special.
Wine & Spirits - "Fragrant notes of peach, tangerine and lemon zest are full bodied yet focused, given the sense of clarity and detail by the underlying acidity. It's harmonious and energetic, and while it's already appealing for its forward fruit and fine balance, it promises to develop more complexity and depth with age."
The Wine Advocate - "Honeysuckle and heliotrope, pear and white peach subtly glazed with honey; and mingled with nougat comprise the seductive aromatics and creamy yet juicy palate of Loosen’s 2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese. Lush yet delicate; confectionary and noticeably ennobled to the point of slight caramelization yet infectiously juicy, this even calls forth a mouthwatering hint of salinity and a cantus firmus of wet slate to perfectly set off the sensual splendors of its finish. It is to me stylistically more an Auslese – albeit a delicate one – but that isn’t to take anything away from its performance, which should remain ravishing over at least the next two decades. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale golden yellow. Fine aromas of fresh apple and vanilla, plus a hint of acacia honey. Elegant and fine, with a peach element that remains graceful in spite of the wine's depth. With its delicate finish offering brown spices and pleasing length, this is a succulent spatlese style."
Wine Spectator - "Tightly wound, with Golden Delicious apple and ripe pear flavors that feature notes of tarragon and lime. Shows plenty of stone and slate on the crisp finish."
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Dr. Loosen 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." In his own words, "The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their mind of what their wine should be. It's a vision that places terrior over technology, and grape quality over quantity. This is the level of winemaking we pursue at Dr. Loosen. Our goal is to produce wines that are luscious, complex, and true to their roots." View all Dr. Loosen Wines
About Mosel-Saar-RuwerView a map of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wineries(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 this necessary slate in tact, when the rock slide down the steep vineyard hillsides, the vineyard workers grab a bucket and carry the rocks right back up to the vines. There is a level of care taken in the vineyards of Mosel that rivals most other regions. Tasting the wines helps to understand why.
Notable FactsRiesling is the grape of the Mosel – the combination of this grape with the slate soils is what makes Mosel wines so breathtakingly delicate. Common descriptors of the Mosel Rieslings include steely acidity, wet stone and delicate texture. Lower in alcohol and high in acidity, the wines are still balanced with the rich flavors of Riesling and the slate-y flavors from the soil. Two districts (or Bereiche) that you find most often on Mosel labels are Bernkastel and Zell. Both are good producers of wine from this region. Many other good wines are coming from the area – just look to make sure the bottle says "Riesling" on the label – that's a sign of quality.
White Wine GuruWith some of the steepest and northernmost vineyards in the world, as well as the coolest climate, Germany produces some of the best white wines in the world, mainly Riesling. Delicate, age-worthy, intense and elegant are the typical descriptions for these wines. Note that “sweet” is not a common descriptor because the idea that most German wines are sweet is just not so. In fact, the majority of wines made in Germany are dry and more recently, the country is exporting value wines that are easy to drink, extremely food friendly and, luckily for some, containing labels that are easier to read!
The classification system of Germany is somewhat confusing. Like the rest of the old world, there's some hierarchy to it all. The categories are: Tafelwien (table wine), Landwein (land wine, similar to France's Vin de Pays) and the first “Q” level, QbA. QbA wines are easy-drinking and inexpensive – the only requirement being that the wine must come from one of Germany's thirteen official wine growing regions. The final level is QmP, which is the strictest level of German wines. The qualification consists of 6 levels, based on ripeness level at harvest, though that does not always translate into sweetness level.
Here are a few definitions to help in picking out a German QmP wine:
Kabinett(cab-ee-NET)The driest level, Kabinett is usually light-bodied, low to medium in alcohol, and fairly dry. Great everyday wine and food-friendly.
Spatlese(shpate-LAY-zuh)Grapes are picked a bit later than Kabinett (Spatlese means late harvest) and have a fuller, more intense body. Most wines of this level are dry although some are off-dry.
Auslese(OWSE-lay-zuh)Wines of this level are made from select grapes harvested even later than Spatlese. The grapes are selected in bunches to make sure they are of the perfect ripeness level. One step up in both body and sweetness, Auslese wines are balanced but with a bit more sweetness – perfect with spicy Indian food.
Beerenauslese(bare-ehn-owse-lay-zuh)The longer the words get, the higher up in sweetness level you rise. Like Auslese, the grapes are selected individually, but while Auslese is selected bunches, Beerenauslese are selected berries, and usually berries affected by botrytis, or noble rot, so you have an even more specific wine, which, in turn, increases both its sweetness level and its price.
Trockenbeerenauslese(trok-ehn-bare-ehn-owse-lay-zuh)Okay, so Trocken means dry in German and yet this wine is the sweetest of the German levels. The "trocken" comes into play as the berries picked for this wine are dried, intensifying the sugars. So the wine is made from late-harvest dried berries affected with botrytis - a combination that makes a decadent (and expensive!) bottle of wine. A treat if you are able to ever try one.
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I first tasted this wine 2 years ago at a friend's house. She had received five bottles from her son as a Christmas gift. It was the best white wine I had ever tasted.I was unable to buy it in any of our local stores. This past Christmas my friend's son was visiting so I asked him where to buy this wine. He sent me to wine.com but at the time they were out of all Dr. Loosen wines. Finally the Spatlese was available and I ended up buying all nine available bottles. Being a Spatlese this wine is on the sweet side. It's full bodied, smooth with a slight citrus taste, and is an absolute winner. A bit expensive but worth every penny.
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