With a vast majority culled from the remarkable porphyritic (a kind of volcanic rock) Heerkretz Grand cru, as well as some from the Höllberg Grand cru, this is what I consider their flagship “business card” bottling, a wine that stands as one of the most consistent and wildly overachieving values in the world of dry white wine. This stuff is always so impeccably balanced, almost filigree in its sense of fruit/mineral/acid interplay. Its track record speaks for itself, scoring 92-94 points in every vintage going back a decade+…..The 2018 is a fatter, more fruit driven vintage, whereas the ’19 is more precise and cool/chiseled/classical. To my taste, and many many other folks who have already figured it out, this is as good as it gets for the money in world class dry Riesling, drinking more like a GG (Grosses Gewächs, aka Grand cru) than a simple villages wine……Oliver always presents this wine second in their range of villages wines, and says that this wine is more often appreciated by more advanced tasters, enjoying the salty mineral filigree qualities of the Heerkretz vineyard with a remarkable power meets finesse. To my taste and experience, this is a perennial standout in the world of fine wine, a GG at a village level price. It so very clearly exemplifies the virtues and house style of the entire Wagner Stempel production, available in good quantity; in just a word from Oliver: The Business Card.
Oliver telling me that it is a classical vintage with impeccable balance, with excellent concentration…..the technical stats for your geeks out there: 8.2 g/L acidity, 4.7 g/L RS, 12.5% alcohol. This is a 6pk/case buy no brainer to me…..in just a word from Oliver: The Business Card.
“”Deep and very subtle nose with great wild-flower and herb aromas pulls you into this extraordinarily concentrated and refined dry riesling for the village-wine category. In spite of the juiciness on the mid-palate, it’s only just beginning to open up. Breathtaking finish with enormous mineral freshness! From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” 95 Stuart Piggott
“Lime, white peach and apple on the nose translate into an infectiously juicy, invigoratingly zesty, piquantly pit-tinged impression on a polished palate. Bittersweet gentian perfume adds inner-mouth allure, while smoky and tinglingly stony notes lend tactile stimulation as well as fascination on a vibrantly sustained, mouthwateringly salt-tinged and consummately refreshing finish. This wine seems more buoyant and fleet-footed than its 12.5% alcohol would suggest” 93 David Schildknecht for the 2017, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE.
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