Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2009 Front Label
Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2009 Front Label

Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 2009

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750ML / 7.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Kabinett is the lightest and most delicate style of Riesling in Germany, but light doesn't necessarily mean weak. This Kabinett, from a "grand cru" vineyard in the village of Erden, combines extraordinary concentration and length with a bracing minerality.

The Treppchen Kabinett always stands out as a young wine, with its precocious red fruits and dense minerality from the red slate soil. An elegant yet muscular wine, it makes an ideal aperitif, as well as an excellent partner for lighter seafood and poultry dishes. This wine benefits greatly from a few years in the bottle.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lemon, sassafras, and black tea pungent smokiness in the nose of Loosen's 2009 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett lead to a polished, cooling display of herb, honeydew melon, and citrus that finishes with effortless refreshment and whiff of smoke and a kiss of wet stone. Here is another little classic of its type apt to perform well for 15-20 years.
WE 89
Wine Enthusiast
Shows wonderful purity of fruit—green apple and lime, perhaps a touch of flower shop greens—and impreccable balance, being light in body, off dry, crisp and refreshing. Delicious.
WS 88
Wine Spectator
Rich, with a fresh base of acidity driving the peach, lime and mineral notes. Lively, balanced and enjoyable now for its primary fruit. Drink now through 2020.
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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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Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

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