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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1999
Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese 1999
(search item no. 22133)
Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The red sandstone and slate soil of Urziger Wurzgarten make it unique on the Mosel. Although immediately upstream from the top vineyards of Erden, it produces a completely different kind of great wine, with exotically spicy aromas and a mesmerizing earthiness.
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About Dr Loosen:

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."