Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Grobes Gewachs Alte Reben 2018

Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Grobes Gewachs Alte Reben 2018

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As you may recall, the Grosses Gewächs ("GG") designation is reserved for the finest dry Rieslings from the very best vineyard parcels in Germany, classified “Grosse Lage”– our equivalent of Burgundy's “Grand Cru.” Only wines from these top-rated sites are bottled with a single-vineyard designation. All of these wines are also classified as Alte Reben, meaning “old vines". The commonly accepted age for Alte Reben in the Mosel starts from 25-35 years old, however we only use that designation on vines aged 75 years or more.

The Kingdom of Heaven – Graach is a small village that lies between two more-famous neighbors: Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful minerality from the abundant blue slate in the soil, wines from Graach have excellent aging potential.

Press Notes:

92-95 points, Mosel Fine Wines: "Offers a superbly complex and deep nose of smoke, almond, grapefruit puree, lime, and anise. The wine proves still quite backward and delicately creamy on the palate but develops some subtle presence in the very long, smoky, and multi-layered finish. The after-taste of this hugely promising dry Riesling is packed with flavors without ever being overpowering."