About This Wine
Erdener Prälat (pronounced AIR-din-er PRAY-laht) is considered by many to be the greatest vineyard in the Mosel region. Dr. Loosen has the largest holdings in this legendary four-acre vineyard, with 1.5 acres. The site has perfect southern exposure, a 100-percent (45°) slope, very old vines in mineral-rich red slate soil, and an ideal location directly adjacent to the river. All of these advantages, combined with its position below huge, heat-retaining cliffs, explain why Dr. Loosen never harvests anything less than Auslese-level ripeness from this vineyard. The site is at the base of the red slate cliffs between Erdener Treppchen and Ürziger Würzgarten. Because of its ideal exposition and warm vineyard climate, Erdener Prälat always produces the most kaleidoscopic wines, pulling together elements of all the other single-vineyard sites into a glorious singularity.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – From the last third of this year’s harvest – over-the-top wine from this famous site not having been a real risk in the present vintage, points out cellarmaster Bernard Schug – the Loosen 2008 Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese boasts not only an imposingly honeyed overlay to its citrus liqueur and mango scents and palate impression and a creamy richness of texture, but also gravity defying levity and finishing finesse. This may never prove to be the most complex of Pralat bottlings, but it deserves 20-25 years to show what it can gain in bottle. Interestingly, it represents essentially a single day’s picking during which and from which further, higher must-weight lots of Pralat were simultaneously picked- (or, as the case may be, snipped-) out.