2015 Dr. Loosen Riesling Spatlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr (750ml)

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Country: Germany
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Sub-Region: Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Grape Varietal: Riesling
Review Score: 92V, 92WE, 91WS
Alcohol By Volume: 8.5%

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After surprisingly lean, hard-edged and not very fruity Grosses Gewächs and Kabinett renditions of this famous site, I am relieved to easily recognize Wehlener Sonnenuhr in this glass of Spätlese. Ripe pear and Persian melon are garlanded in heady heliotrope and lily, and the palate is lush and creamy while preserving an ample measure of primary fresh fruit juiciness. The finish, at once soothingly and stimulatingly sustained, gains counterpoint from its stony inflections as well as a bittersweet note of vanilla bean, while the sense of sweetness is supportive but admirably restrained. A peek at the analysis reveals acidity in excess of nine grams, which certainly goes a long way toward explaining what is holding in check the effects of high residual sugar. And that analysis also leads one to ponder how creaminess, liquid florality and soothing characteristics typical for a Spätlese from this site are perfectly compatible with high acidity.

92 points, David Schildknect, Vinous (Jun 2017)

Veins of crushed slate and spice lend complexity to this spine-tingling wine. Fresh, sweet tangerine and stone-fruit flavors are concentrated yet pristine, bolstered by streaks of lemon and grapefruit acidity. The finish meanders long, nuanced by hints of bramble and earth.

92 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2017)

Lush and very fruity, with good snap to the ripe apple, pear tart and Key lime pie flavors. Some savory notes on the finish, with hints of snap pea and dried tarragon. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases made.

91 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Apr 2017)