Wow wow wow. The feinherb category of wines, aka “off-dry” with less residual sugar than Kabinett wines and a bit more than legally trocken or halbtrocken wines, have shown themselves to be one of the strengths of the vintage in the Mosel/Saar. They are wonderfully versatile and useful, albeit rarely seen in the US market for their “neither here nor there” category, not to mention the consumer unfamiliarity/confusion in general for the style. In the Saarburger feinherb ’16 villages level wine, it is impossible to miss the stunning filigree seamless sensibility that is plain enchanting in its quiet intensity and weightless charm of floral/fruit/mineral dance. This is one not to miss if this kind of wine holds a place in your life, which I find impossible to imagine how it couldn’t…..I didn’t write it down, but I believe that it has residual sugar in the mid 20 g/L range….
2016 Zilliken Saarburger Riesling Feinherb