2016 Carl Loewen Laurentiuslay Riesling Spatlese
Consistently and for many years one of the very GREAT wines in this offering, and among them, the least celebrated. Again, very old vines (at least 80, some over 100, all ungrafted) from an old terraced vineyard, because the wise citizens of Leiwen rejected the Flurbereinigung.
Think Wehlener Sonnenuhr on steroids. (Or wait a minute; thatís Zeltinger Sonnenuhr. OK, think Zeltinger Sonnenuhr on steroidsÖ)
In essence this is weighty, extravagant fruit anchored to profound and almost chewy earthiness. The í16 is solid and quintessential, maybe a little more lilac and wisteria than usual, but itís swollen and salty and queenly. - Terry Theise
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