Heady aromas of apricots, pineapples, and floral blossoms taste as scented as the fragrance expresses flavors -this is a wine that beguiles the senses and hypnotizes the palate into melding all the scents with all the flavors. But through all these rise the blue slate slopes of the middle Mosel lending a mineral snap to its otherwise plush texture and fruity charms. Single vineyard Riesling from a land receiving pilgrims devoted to Riesling, this is wholly undervalued and as memorable as the day is long.
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988,...
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany?s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Ernst immediately changed the estate?s vineyard practices to dramatically reduce crop size. He stopped all chemical fertilization, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilizers and soil amendments. He extended his commitment to sustainable practices beyond the vineyards and into the winery, implementing improvements in materials recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation. At harvest, he insisted on fully mature fruit that had been very strictly selected. And he turned to gentler cellar practices that would allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of technological meddling.