Dr Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling GG Alte Reben, Mosel, Germany, 2016
100% Riesling hand harvested from 100 year old vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts in traditional 1,000-liter Fuder casks; matured on the full lees for 12 months.
Ürzig produces wines of a completely unique nature, showcasing the typically exotic fruit flavors of the “spice garden,” with a rich texture, gentle acidity and lingering finish. Grosses Gewächs (GG) means “great growth” and is the designation for an estate’s best dry wine from a Grosse Lage (grand cru) vineyard. This “great growth” Riesling is from a parcel of extremely old vines (“alte Reben”) that lies directly behind the village and is still referred to by its historical name, Urglück (“original luck”).
“Clear, deep and flinty on the nose, with herbal and mineral aromas as well as great purity and precision and a touch of tropical fruit aromas. Salty-piquant and enormously lush but also salty, this is a gorgeous Riesling with very fine tannins, stimulating crystallinity and mineral freshness. This is another highlight of the Loosen crus in 2016. This has great finesse and elegance and is enormously mouthwatering in the finish. Impressive.” 95/100 Wine Advocate