Jean Dirler picked this in two separate waves, one early, one later, separated by 9 days. Between the two elements, there is both broad amplitude and a wonderful sense of precision and length, finishing with a wonderful salty mineral sense. I gave this one a little *, like every single 2017 Riesling here!!!
“Medium straw-green. The broad nose combines apple, caraway seed and medicinal herbs. Ripe, harmonious acidity helps focus the somewhat foursquare orchard fruit flavors on the long aftertaste. Very big, dense Riesling in the typical style of this site, but also brightly acidic and juicy, giving this somewhat chunky wine a bit of needed lift and length (4.4 g/L r.s. and 7 g/L total acidity). A very sandy site on the surface and much more clay-rich deeper down, the Belzbrunnen will, not surprisingly, almost certainly be elevated to Premier Cru status when the official classification is released in roughly three years’ time (or sooner, hopefully).” 90+ Ian D’Agata