2017 Robert Weil Riesling Trocken

SKU #1382673 91 points James Suckling

 The slight hint of funk in the nose that quickly turns into a flinty note, announces a change of style at this famous estate. Perhaps the sugar levels weren't high. Yet, this is rather bold as well as very crisp. Discreet, white-fruit character and quite a salty mineral finish. Drink now.  (9/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 An austere riesling, this recalls an Agnes Martin painting in its spare white-on-white flavors and clean lines. It’s firm and stony, with a radish-like spice that sparks the white-apple-flesh flavors. For crudo.  (2/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Rheingau Riesling Trocken is very clear, fresh and even coolish on the nose. 'We are incredibly happy with 2017,' says Wilhelm Weil, who considers this estate Riesling as one of the best he has produced in the past 30 years. It is an incredibly lush but fine and singing 500,000 times (this is the number of bottles). Gorgeous and highly attractive—not just because of the price. The 2017 is Wilhelm Weil's 31st vintage, and he can be proud of it indeed. Tasted at the domaine in August 2018. (SR)  (11/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Initially earthen notes on the nose dissipate with aeration to reveal brighter aromas of lemon, apple and pear. Dry and sprightly on the palate, it's an easy-drinking lemony wine with a Margarita-like kick of salty minerality on the finish. Drink now–2021. (AI)  (4/2019)

Wine Spectator

 Here's a light, refreshing version, with notes of white raspberry and pear. Ginger accents emerge on the moderate finish. Drink now. (AZ, Web Only-2019)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau