Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label

Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese (375ML half-bottle) 2006

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Winemaker Notes

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.

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W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
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.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
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.
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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 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 terroir 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."

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Following the Mosel River as it slithers and weaves dramatically through the Eifel Mountains in Germany’s far west, the Mosel wine region is considered by many as the source of the world’s finest and longest-lived Rieslings.

Mosel’s unique and unsurpassed combination of geography, geology and climate all combine together to make this true. Many of the Mosel’s best vineyard sites are on the steep south or southwest facing slopes, where vines receive up to ten times more sunlight, a very desirable condition in this cold climate region. Given how many twists and turns the Mosel River makes, it is not had to find a vineyard with this exposure. In fact, the Mosel’s breathtakingly steep slopes of rocky, slate-based soils straddle the riverbanks along its entire length. These rocky slate soils, as well as the river, retain and reflect heat back to the vineyards, a phenomenon that aids in the complete ripening of its grapes.

Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically on the desirable sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type and altitude. The best Mosel Rieslings—dry or sweet—express marked acidity, low alcohol, great purity and intensity with aromas and flavors of wet slate, citrus and stone fruit. With age, the wine’s color will become more golden and pleasing aromas of honey, dried apricot and sometimes petrol develop.

Other varieties planted in the Mosel include Müller-Thurgau, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), all performing quite well here.

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