2016 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1446725 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese is very clear and nicely reductive on the flinty and limey nose. Lush, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a beautifully mineral and complex Sonnenuhr with a long and intensely aromatic but always refined and refreshing mineral finish. This is a fabulous Spätlese from the Juffer. (SR)  (4/2018)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 This feels as stony and sculpted as the slope it grows on, a particularly vertiginous section of the south-facing Juffer hillside. It needs to be teased out of the glass at first, worked with a lot of swirling, to get beyond its austere façade. Even then the wine is restrained, the peach and pear flavors so pristine they taste like essences of fruit, while lemony acidity and mineral notes hold the wine firm. For the cellar.  (2/2018)

93 points Vinous

 This evinces a cooler, decidedly less tropical personality than a number of other Haag 2016s. Pear, quince and honeydew melon are infused with green herbs on an effusive nose and a silken, subtly creamy yet infectiously juicy palate. Bittersweet inner-mouth perfume adds to the allure of an impeccably balanced Riesling whose sweetness (even at nearly 70 grams of residual sugar) I didn’t even think about while luxuriating in the entire performance. This clings caressingly yet refreshingly, with delightful lift, luscious fruitiness and transparency to stony and floral nuances. (DS)  (1/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 Very youthful and elegant with a beautiful interplay of aromas (white peach, tropical fruit and vanilla), restrained sweetness, bright acidity and mineral freshness.  (7/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Intense aromas of dusty slate and flint show prominently but there's also plenty of ripe, penetrating yellow-peach and nectarine flavors waiting to burst through. High toned acidity and a fine, filigreed texture mark the midpalate. (AI)  (4/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Concentrated flavors of orchard and stone fruit mingle in this light and graceful style. Abundant acidity keeps this fresh and delivers a long finish that is marked by notes of sage and slate.  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 05 17. Delicately ripe scents of pear, mirabelle, apple and herbs on the nose give way to a gorgeous and delicately creamy and zesty feel on the medium-bodied palate. The wine is still on the sweet side, a feeling which is amplified by the ripe acidity, giving it a quite round structure. It delivers a fruity feel in the nicely tart but also slightly direct finish." (06/2018)

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2019 | Send Email
What a beautiful wine! The nose is absolutely intoxicating with floral and orchard fruit notes as well as a touch of wets stone and petrol. The palate is delightfully rich with cool orchard fruits and subtle spice notes while the finish echoes dried apricot notes. A balanced and nuanced Riesling that is capable of regaling the connoisseur and seducing the layman.
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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.