Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese Riesling 2018
Our Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese is the junior brother to the Juffer Sonnenuhr Spatlese. It’s made from younger vines and drinks better in its infancy. Classic aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, pear jam, honeydew melon, marzipan and a salty minerality from the slate. Only 8% alcohol.
Spatlese is a sweet wine with high acidity and therefore excels with spicy and smoky foods. Try this smoked salmon, Bbq chicken, a garlic pork roast of just fruit and cheese.
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Honeydew and kiwi are mingled with pineapple and lime for an impression at once tropically ripe yet tangy and bright. The feel is flatteringly satiny. Suggestions of quince jelly and an unexpected hint of caramel emerge on a finish that is otherwise lusciously rich yet animatingly juicy and features an active sense of stony mineral impingement as well as mouthwatering salinity. Drinking window: 2020 - 2040
A unique Spätlese, full of fresh herbs and even a touch of mowed lawn. Reductive, flinty and very subtle, this has a laser-sharp attack of acidity that takes the mouth aback, but it’s only medium-bodied and has a soft sensation of sweetness on the finish.
An exotic version, with intense acidity, typical for this wine's youth. Firmly structured, showing great energy, this exhibits vibrancy and tension to the ripe orchard fruit, floral, herbal and citrus cream notes. Elegant and long. Drink now through 2028.
A sixth-century chronicle state that the vineyards of Brauneberg were "propter vinum" (because of wine) bequeathed to Verdun, France, then an important Roman commercial center. Napoleon paid tribute to the Brauneberger wines by fixing their prices above those of all other Mosel wines. When, in 1806, the Mosel vineyard sites were divided into classes according to the quality of their wines, Brauneberg was the only name in the first rank.
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.
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.