2017 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1425320 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese is very precise and subtle on the refined nose. The palate is piquant and racy, revealing good concentration and dense, well-concentrated fruit with remarkable mineral grip and acidity. This is a highly stimulating Auslese that already drinks very well. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Vanilla cream, peach yogurt, citrus and honeyed green tea aromas and flavors grace this delicate auslese. Intense midpalate, with a long and complex finish that invites you back for more. This will develop nicely over the next few decades. Drink now through 2041. (AZ)  (7/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 The regular Auslese from the Helden vineyard is a beautiful wine in 2017. The wine is seven percent alcohol and carries ninety-five grams per liter of sugar, with great snappy acids to balance the sweetness. As I mentioned in the introduction, there is no botrytized grapes at all in this bottling. The bouquet is beautiful and very, very precise, offering up scents of white cherries, yellow plum, a touch of wild yeasts, gentle notes of honeycomb, lilacs and bee pollen. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and beautifully creamy on the attack, with a fine core, bright, ripe acidity and great focus and grip on the very long, balanced and complex finish. (Drink between 2024-2085)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 15 18. Still restrained at first, the 2017er Lieserer Niederberg Helden Auslese offers a beautiful nose of yellow peach, pear, melon, almond cream, toffee, smoke and cinnamon. The wine is deliciously creamy and juicy on the palate with intense concentration and depth. The finish is however comparatively light footed and nicely smooth. This only needs a decade to fully develop its complexity. 2027-2047."

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