2017 Reinhold Haart Ohligsberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs Mosel

SKU #1412482 96 points James Suckling

 The fine stone-fruit aromas currently only hint at what this concentrated and highly structured 2017 Mosel GG has to offer. Great mineral depth at the very long, linear finish. Drink or hold.  (6/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bright, fresh and with spicy slate aromas on the nose, Johannes Haart's 2017 Ohligsberger GG is a dry, yeasty Riesling that comes across as pure, fresh, filigreed and salty on the palate. This lush and playful wine reveals a sophisticated elegance and a stimulating salty finish. Tasted in Wiesbaden in August 2018.(SR)  (10/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of dried mint and sage emerge from the glass, while dragon fruit, guava and lemongrass notes take over on the palate. This is vibrant and elegant, bursting with flavor, but still finding balance. All the elements promise to develop nicely, as this is built for the long haul. (AZ)  (5/2019)

92 points John Gilman

 Johannes Haart surmised that the 2017 Ohligsberg GG comes in at around 12.8 percent alcohol (the final analyses were not yet complete for the un-bottled Grosses Gewächs wines) and has between three and four grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine is already very expressive on the nose, offering up scents of tart orange, a touch of cassis, citrus peel, salty minerality and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, long and very elegant in profile, with a fine core, ripe acids and impressive length and grip on the focused and nascently complex finish. Fine juice in the making. (Drink between 2022-2050)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 40 18. The 2017er Wintricher Ohligsberg GG proves slightly reductive at first before it reveals its steely nose of grass, minty herbs, almond kernel, gooseberry and lime. The wine is superbly racy and straight but also comparatively lean and herbal on the remarkably zesty palate. This will please lovers of racy bone-dry Riesling. There is quite some upside here, in particular as the wine gains some weight and presence with age. 2022-2032." (08/2018)

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.