Dr. Loosen Riesling Blue Slate Kabinett 2011
The Dr. Loosen estate The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve that, Ernst dramatically restricts crop size, uses only organic fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices to allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling. The Mosel region The Mosel’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity. Rocky outcroppings and stony soil reflect sunlight and hold in heat, creating very warm microclimates in the best sites and helping to ensure excellent ripeness. Thin topsoil forces the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing vibrant wines that capture the strong minerality of the soil. Dr. Loosen’s single-vineyard vines now average 70 years old, all on original rootstock (phylloxera can’t survive in the Mosel’s slate soil). Old vines produce naturally lower yields, resulting in higher concentration and flavor intensity.
Food Pairings for Dr. Loosen Riesling Blue Slate Kabinett
The 2011 Blue Slate Kabinett has a fine mineral purity, with a dense, juicy mid-palate. Its firm backbone of acidity is bracing, yet elegantly harmonious.
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