Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2009

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Dr. Loosen produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel valley. A full range of Prädika...

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This pure-tasting wine offers well-defined apricot, peach and quince flavors accented by spicy notes and hints of cream, with a luscious, vanilla-i... Read more

Fat and unctous yet still sharply focused, thsi wine is a materpiece of construction. The scent and flavors are mostly of stones, the sense one of ... Read more

The incredibly steep ürziger Würzgarten vineyard produces a wine that has to be tasted to be believed! The 120-year-old vines grow in red volcanic ... Read more

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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This pure-tasting wine offers well-defined apricot, peach and quince flavors accented by spicy notes and hints of cream, with a luscious, vanilla-infused finish. Drink now through 2025.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Fat and unctous yet still sharply focused, thsi wine is a materpiece of construction. The scent and flavors are mostly of stones, the sense one of standing in the coolness of a quarry racking gravel, the feeling one of Zen-like calm and reflection. Over top of that minerality is a spiciness of fruit, of orchard apple and orange spice tea which sticks to the palate with tenacity and length. It's still tight and young but it's already complete and in perfect balance, a feat it pulls off with utter nonchalance.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The incredibly steep ürziger Würzgarten vineyard produces a wine that has to be tasted to be believed! The 120-year-old vines grow in red volcanic soil that gives the wine a unique fruitiness. It is incredibly elegant with a honeyed sweetness and fantastic minerality. Just sip away and picture yourself staring up at the sun-drenched vineyard while enjoying a cruise on the Mosel River. This magical Riesling is the essence of terrior and stands up to many of the pricier Ausleses. Fantastic!


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The Loosen 2007 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese offers scents and juicy palate profusion of strawberry and kiwi; extreme delicacy accompanied by subtle creaminess; and wet stone and smoky mineral adjuncts to its lip-smacking and refreshing finishing. This is by no means as dynamic, complex, or rich as the best Wurzgarten Spatlese (at this address or elsewhere) can be, but it delivers the classic character of the site and virtues of its genre in irresistible fashion, and will no doubt continue to do so for 15 or more years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Piercing scents of rose and peony, with peach, lime and lanolin flavors adding depth and dimension. Light-weight and delicate, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This is ripe and showy, strutting peach and mango flavors sequined with sparkly, clear quartz-like minerality. It wins big points for being irresistible, and it will be only more impressive with another decade to reveal more mineral and spice.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Given all the exuberant peach and berry fruit, you might miss the underlying minerality; it's that deep, dark, almost savory stoniness which drives this wine and keeps it focused. Leave this in the cellar for a decade or so and that lovely minerality will be pushed further into the foreground.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Dr. Loosen produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel valley. A full range of Prädikat wines is made from six grand cru single-vineyard sites. The vineyards of Dr. Loosen owe their excellent quality to three major factors: the exceptional regional climate of the Middle Mosel area, the mineral-rich slate and volcanic soils, and the incredible age of the estate’s ungrafted Riesling vines. All of Dr. Loosen’s six major vineyards were designated as Erste Lage (equivalent to grand cru) in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards, which was undertaken for tax assessment purposes. This classification predates the grand cru system in Burgundy, and was updated by Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson in the Wine Atlas of Germany (1995). Blazing red and insanely steep, the Ürziger Würzgarten (ERTS-ih-ger VERTS-gar-ten) vineyard fills the picturesque amphitheater formed by this dramatic bend in the river. Although it’s directly adjacent to the vineyards of Erden, it produces a completely different kind of wine, with exotic, spicy aromas and a mesmerizing earthiness. No other vineyard on the Mosel produces wines so bursting with tropical fruit flavors. The estate’s oldest vines are found here.

Dr. Loosen produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel valley. A full range of Prädikat wines is made from six grand cru single-vineyard sites. The vineyards of Dr. Loosen owe their excellent quality to three major factors: the exceptional regional climate of the Middle Mosel area, the mineral-rich slate and volcanic soils, and the incredible age of the estate’s ungrafted Riesling vines. All of Dr. Loosen’s six major vineyards were designated as Erste Lage (equivalent to grand cru) in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards, which was undertaken for tax assessment purposes. This classification predates the grand cru system in Burgundy, and was updated by Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson in the Wine Atlas of Germany (1995). Blazing red and insanely steep, the Ürziger Würzgarten (ERTS-ih-ger VERTS-gar-ten) vineyard fills the picturesque amphitheater formed by this dramatic bend in the river. Although it’s directly adjacent to the vineyards of Erden, it produces a completely different kind of wine, with exotic, spicy aromas and a mesmerizing earthiness. No other vineyard on the Mosel produces wines so bursting with tropical fruit flavors. The estate’s oldest vines are found here.

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