2017 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese Mosel

SKU #1400795 94 points Decanter

 A brilliant wine full of juicy, soft dried mango, dried pineapple, honey and citrus juice acids. It has lovely balance despite its not insubstantial 71.7g/l of residual sugar. Drinking Window 2019 - 2036 (JB)  (5/2019)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Impressive concentration and subtlety with an intense character of peaches, wild strawberries and herbs. The juiciness extends right through to the long and spicy finish. Drink or hold.  (6/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese offers ripe nectarine and peach aromas on the clear nose with crunchy/flinty slate notes. It is lush and salty-piquant on the palate, with a firm but crystalline structure, creamy texture and good grip on the finish. This is an open, lush, mouth-filling and promising Spätlese that should be cellared for a decade. Tasted in March 2019. (SR) 93+  (6/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 White grapefruit and a touch of fresh mint perfume this juicy, lavishly fruity wine. It’s lusciously sweet yet zesty, balancing primary lemon and tangerine flavors against streaks of lime and slate. A satisfying, mouthwatering spätlese, enjoy now–2030. *Editor's Choice* (AI)  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 21 18. The 2017er Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese was harvested at 87° Oechsle and fermented down to 66 g/l of residual sugar. It offers a beautiful nose made of vineyard peach, cassis, elderflower, passion fruit and some laurel. The wine is on the sweet and delicately creamy side on the otherwise nicely focused palate and leaves a nicely fruit-driven feel of whipped cream in the juicy finish. The ripeness of the wine comes through in the apricot and pear-infused after-taste. 2027-2042." (10/2018)

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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.