Dr Loosen L Riesling 2014
Dr Loosen has been in the same family for more than 200 years and its present guardian, Ernst Loosen, is one of the great characters of the wine world. He assumed ownership of the estate in 1988 and immediately realised that, with ungrafted vines averaging 70 years of age, in some of Germany's best-rated vineyards, gave him the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, he dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilisation, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.
This entry-level Dr. Loosen Riesling embodies the elegant and racy characteristics of steep, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very reasonable price. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine made with grapes from contracted growers throughout the Mosel River valley who work very closely with brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen to achieve excellent quality and superb concentration in every vintage.
A very mild winter in 2014, (not a single day of snow or ice) led to an early bud break and flowering, which caused concern about possible frost damage. Luckily, there was no frost. The vines were well ahead of normal, but a cool and rainy summer slowed them down. The only problem was the heavy rains in July and August brought the grapes to the point of bursting. We had to harvest quickly to avoid rot issues. Through fast work and careful selection, we picked a good crop of ripe, healthy fruit. This is reflected in the lush fruitiness and persistent palate of the 2014 Dr. L Riesling.
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