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This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful minerality from the abundant blue slate in the soil, wines from Graach have excellent aging potential and will improve in the bottle for many decades. The dark, multi-colored slate in Bernkastel and Graach produces wines with pronounced flavors of citrus and stone fruits, and a firm mineral structure

A small village named Graach lies between two more-famous neighbors: Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful minerality from the abundant blue slate in the soil, wines from Graach have excellent aging potential and will improve in the bottle for many decades.

Joins with the Bernkasteler Lay in simultaneously proclaiming its vibrancy and piercing fruit and slatey acidity which puts this wine, too, a nose in front of the Wehlener. Rating: 96 points; drink to 2022; 8% alc; screwcap; $39; James Halliday

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