The Little Staircase of Erden – This vineyard is so steep that, long ago, stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr.
91-93 points, Mosel Fine Wines: "Offers a superbly elegant and fruit-driven nose of pear, vineyard peach, and candied grapefruit as well as almond cream and flowers. The wine is delicately smooth and juicy on the comparatively light bodied but complex palate, and leaves a nicely refreshing and spicy feel in the long and quite pure finish. A great touch of minerals in the after-taste rounds off the pleasure of enjoying this dry Riesling."