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Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2010

Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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W&S 93
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.
RP 92
Robert Parker's 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.
WS 90
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

Dr. Loosen

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Dr. Loosen, Mosel, Germany
2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese
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."

Home to some of the world’s finest and longest-lived sweet and dry white wines, the Mosel is a region of Germany formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer—named thusly for the three rivers that flow through its dramatic valleys. Geology, climate and topography are paramount here, and the wines produced communicate a distinct sense of place. In addition to being prized for their heat-retaining properties, slate-based soils lend a stony minerality to the wines, contributing to some of the most recognizable terroir in the world. Cool temperatures necessitate the use of the region’s rivers to reflect heat onto the vineyards, and the best wines are made from sites with south or southwest facing slopes to receive sufficient direct sunlight for ripening. The breathtakingly steep slopes that straddle the river banks cannot be worked by machine, contributing to a high cost of labor (and treacherous working conditions).

Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically the sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type, and altitude. These wines, dry or sweet, are distinguished by marked acidity, low alcohol, and intense flavors of wet stone, citrus, and stone fruit. With age, a pleasing aroma of petroleum often develops. The lesser plots are mainly planted with lower-maintenance but relatively neutral varieties like Müller-Thurgau and other German crosses, but Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) can perform quite well here.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. 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. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

STC503385_2010 Item# 111539

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