Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2016
This cuvée is a blend of fruit from high altitude estate vineyards – including the wonderfully named Sandgrub vineyard – dotted around the village. There’s a good dollop of wine from Wasseros also, a steep, southwest-facing vineyard that abuts the Gräfenberg vines. The soils here are composed of stony, fragmented phyllite interlaced with loess and loam. Fun terms for the soil nerds out there! The fruit for this 2016 was picked at Spätlese level, bringing good depth and flesh for this level that really is necessary to complement the wine’s vibrant, tangy, quenching acidity and mineral intensity. This may be Robert Weil’s first rung on the ladder, but it is simply far too good to be called ‘entry-level’. A wonderfully crystalline and vibrant Riesling from this high altitude Estate.
“…this is much a much better wine than anything some of the famous but underperforming Rheingau producers have to offer.” Stuart Pigott, Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Weil's 2016 Rheingau Riesling Trocken, mainly fermented in stainless steel (just 5% in large oak), is an intense, lush and piquant wine with a great mineral structure and good length. It was not chaptalized and is dry (7 grams of residual sugar) but rich, round and provided with self-confident acidity and mineral structure. This is a silky and seamless Riesling in perfect balance.” 89 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate #234, December 2017
In a mixed or straight case: $52.24