After the first vintage of Cuvée Christina in 2019, this is the second use for this new fuder (barrel), yet it betrays zero sense of new wood toastiness, much to my surprise. This is once again a classic picture of the Lay vineyard’s filigree, dancing style of blue slate driven architecture, but with a bit more fruit fleshiness than the ’21 Kabi. It has a sense of class that is self-evident, and absolutely gorgeous. Get this….a little * awarded here.
“The 2020er Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Spätlese, as it is referred to on the consumer label (the reference to Cuvée Christina is left for the back label), was made in a new Fuder which had only been used once. Superbly reductive and very spicy at first, this Spätlese opens up to offer refined notes of vineyard peach, candied grapefruit, mirabelle, Conference pear, and tar. The wine has quite some fruity and juicy presence with riper fruits (apricot, yellow peach, and a touch of passion fruit) coming through. The finish is rather light-weighted and delicate with some fine juicy notes of pear and spices. 2028-2045” 93 Mosel Fine Wines