Now we are definitely getting more serious…..
Clemens’ style is remarkably pure and intense, quite singular and powerful wines culled from the old vineyard site names before everything got lumped together into the more general Marienburg. A terroir geek’s delight…..
The Rothenpfad is almost entirely red slate, and the red fruits and spices on the nose and in the mouth couldn’t be more evident. From vines aged 85+ years. This stuff is tremendous.
“This offers a rather ostentatious and inviting nose of candied lemon, wet stone and dried herbs. A great sense of precision and grip comes through on the palate which carries over to more minerals, some grapefruit and pear in the delicately powerful finish. The wine is beautifully well balanced and incredibly long. 2020-2030” 92 points MFW
“Zesty grapefruit and lime accented with crushed stone and peat-like smokiness make for an impression familiar from the corresponding “regular” Marienburg bottling, but this Rothenpfad delivers an especially glossy texture and pithy piquancy of citrus seed and peach kernel, mustard seed and raw hazelnut. The finish displays concentrated extract-sweetness, exceptional depth of flavor, and invigorating, shimmering interaction of fruit with crystalline stony minerality. Nor does it shirk Riesling’s duty to refresh. Interestingly, although it did not undergo malolactic transformation, this bottling is marginally lower in acidity than its stablemates.” 93 David Schildknecht