2017 Fritz Haag Brauneberger "J" Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1400797 93 points James Suckling

 A very distinctive dried-pear and herbal nose. It shows a great balance of restrained power and cool elegance on the palate. A long herb and mineral finish. This wine will do all the things you’d expect of a top Chablis!  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Delicately dry, with spice, tarragon and crunchy pear notes buoyed by lively clementine zest acidity. Silky in texture and smooth on the palate, but still a bit wound up because of its age. Features hints of salted butter and candied citrus on the tangy yet sumptuous finish. (AZ, Web-2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Vinified partly in fuders (25%) and aged on the lees until April, the 2017 Brauneberger Riesling Trocken "J" is fine and yeasty on the elegant, balanced, beautifully flinty nose with still-reduced fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, very elegant, refined and refreshing dry Riesling that comes almost entirely from the Juffer and Juffer Sonnenuhr. This beautifully lush wine reveals all you can expect from fine Mosel Riesling: finesse, elegance and balance. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

91 points John Gilman

 The Brauneberger “J” Trocken hails from a blend of fruit from the Juffer vineyard and the Juffer-Sonnenuhr and the wine is excellent out of the blocks in 2017. The nose wafts from the glass in a sophisticated blend of grapefruit, lime peel, salty slate minerality, wild yeasts, a touch of herbs and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is fullish, crisp and complex, with excellent backend mineral drive, a good core, bright acids and impressive cut and grip on the long and classy finish. I really like this a lot, and the only caveat is that the 2016 version tasted right before it was already showing a bit of permanent reduction from its screwcap. With that in mind, I might be inclined to drink the 2017 version very early on, which is a pity, as this has the depth and structure to age gracefully if under natural cork. But, it will not disappoint in its youth! 91+  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel fine Wines: "AP: 17 18. The Brauneberger Trocken J is made from fruit harvested in the Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr vineyards, hence the J. It proves quite restrained and reductive at first and only gradually reveals its beautiful fresh nose of minty herbs, lime, grapefruit, apple, spices and smoke. The wine develops quite some structure on the palate where zesty acidity, spices and herbs add the refreshing side. The finish is assertive and slightly powerful, with in addition, a tart side which still needs to integrate into the wine. This could well turn out even better than expected at maturity as it gains in finesse. 2020-2027." (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.


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