2017 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1400793 93 points James Suckling

 Juicy and appealing with a delicate lemon and anise nose. A mouthwatering finish that has plenty of mineral character.  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Penetrating flavors of white peach and pineapple are glazed by honey and slate in this gorgeously balanced, feather-light wine. It’s semisweet and lip smacking, but zippy and electric too. The finish is long and intensely steely. (AI)  (3/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett shows intense, ripe and overripe fruit on the nose, perhaps even a bit of botrytis. Lush and salty-piquant on the palate, this is a textured, creamy and mouth-filling Kabinett that tastes rather like a just-ripe Spätlese, a bit greenish and astringent, though. But it will most likely be really stimulating in ten years. Tasted in March 2019. (SR) 90+  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 19 18. The 2017er Erdener Treppchen Kabinett was harvested at 83° Oechsle and fermented down to 50 g/l of residual sugar. This offers a gorgeously reduced nose made of residual scents from the spontaneous fermentation, some whipped cream, citrusy elements and quite some smoke. The wine has the creamy intensity of a Spätlese on the apricot and white peach driven palate and leaves a gorgeous tension between its fruity and zesty side in the long finish. Apricot elements emerge in the after-taste, giving this fruity-styled wine the structure of an Auslese from the 1990s. 2027-2042." (10/2018)

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- 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.


- 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.