Here are animation and lift along with infectious juiciness, a palpable sense of stone infusion and a scintillatingly productive tension of sugar and acidity: a combination hard to achieve other than with Riesling grown on the Saar. Lime, apple, white peach and wet stone on the nose anticipate the dominant features throughout. Sleek and polished in feel, invigoratingly but subtly inflected with piquant fruit seed, citrus zest and resinous green herbs, this finishes with superb persistence – and, incidentally, 38 grams of residual sugar notwithstanding, the merest hint of entirely supportive sweetness. Lauer associates the vibrant, crystalline impression conveyed here with having employed free run juice or the lightest possible pressing, thus enhancing the level of tartaric acid and minimizing potassium in a vintage already characterized by low dry extract. Whatever the full explanation or imponderables, the wine is a brilliant success!
94 points, David Schildknecht, Vinous (Jul 2020)
Steely notes of hot wet stones, lemon pith, bread and creamed honey conjure up expectations of richness. The palate doesn’t disappoint with an exceptionally smooth, concentrated delivery of pineapple, lime-peel and honey flavors. Such ripe, fleshy texture. Drink or hold.
94 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)
From 60-year-old vines on a very poor and windy terroir on top of the original Kupp, the 2018 Ayler Kupp Stirn Fass 15 is intense and concentrated yet flinty-mineral and citric on the very pure and slate-driven nose. The palate, however, is lush and intense, salty and citric on the slightly austere, very mineral and crunchy finish. The 2018 Stirn has stunning acidity and should be cellared for a couple of years. Tasted from AP #15/19 in June 2019.
92+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)