The Kitterlé’s STEEP volcanic sandstone terraces (look at the picture, you can see the complex amalgam of rock types inside of the sandstone, including quartz) make for wonderfully bracing and crystalline Riesling wines. The ’12 is a rock head’s delight that I adore; the ’14 is even more complete with more enrobing richness to accompany its intense gripping minerality. There are gorgeous smoky/flinty aromas, also typical of the Kitterlé. This is absolutely gorgeous. A little * here. Get some.
“Green-tinged, medium-dark yellow. Highly perfumed nose combines pepper, white stone fruit, tangerine, jasmine, crushed stone and mint, along with subtle notes of sweet spices and orange oil. Densely packed but fine-grained, with a sweet-and-sour quality and hardly any impression of weight to the crisp orchard fruit, lemon, mineral and herb flavors. This knockout wine finishes with noteworthy grip and an almost austere quality thanks to its lemony acidity. According to Dirler, the austerity is typical of the Kitterlé, which tends to give crystalline wines. His vines are located in the eastern section of the grand cru, which is less volcanic than the west-facing side.” 93 points Ian D’Agata