2016 Reichsrat von Buhl Pechstein Riesling Grosses Gewächs (Previously $85)

SKU #1347678 95 points James Suckling

 Powerful and dramatic yet sleek and polished, this has acidity that's both bright, lemony and mineral. Better from 2018 and has long-term ageing potential.  (12/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from Riesling grown in the heat-retaining basalt soils of the Pechstein vineyard, this dry, intensely mineral wine balances nerve and tension and against luscious white peach and yellow-cherry flavors. It's silky and lithe on the palate but jolted by electric acidity and a long, steely finish. Tasted in early 2018, it's still closed and taut. Hold till 2023 and enjoy for years to come. *Editors' Choice* (AI)  (6/2018)

92-93 points Vinous

 Penetratingly pungent and high-toned aromas of peppermint, boxwood and lemon zest cover over any aromatic influence there might be from a relatively new Austrian cask. The feel here is polished and strikingly waxy. Alkaline and saline notes serve for enhanced invigoration and saliva-inducement on a resonant and rich yet refreshingly bright finish. Last tasted from cask shortly before an August 2017 bottling, this wine will have a lot more to say given a bit of time. (DS)  (7/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Offers aromas of hops and jasmine, while the palate exhibits flavors of peach and apricot, followed by sea salt notes that persist through the lingering aftertaste. Elegant, bright and firmly structured, showing good balance throughout. Drink now through 2026. (AZ)  (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Butterscotch, aniseed, vanilla are very seductive aromas, but not of Riesling as we know it. It’s all done in the best possible taste, and the rich, creamy, full-bodied expression on the palate would not be out of place in a fine white burgundy of the Puligny-Montrachet school. French winemaker Matthieu Kauffmann may have come from champagne house Bollinger, but he would also have learned a thing or two about oak in his time at Baden producer Salwey. Wood spice, hazelnuts and a gentle earthy note add complexity to an untraditional interpretation of Riesling Grosses Gewächs. (17.5/20 points) (MS)  (8/2017)


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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:

Pfalz