Stein 2017 'Blauschiefer' Riesling Trocken (Dry), Mosel
Item Number: 12464
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Slate
Vineyard Notes: Vines are up to 80 years old and ungrafted. The vines are grown on steep slate sites, mostly from the St. Aldegunder Himmelreich. The vines are incredibly difficult to work. Because no one wants to put in the hard labor, the land is super inexpensive, and thus the wine is too!
Tasting Notes: To stein, lightness and cut are hallmark traits of the Mosel – Blauschiefer is bone dry, razor sharp, low in alcohol and imminently refreshing, while having intense minerality from the old vines. No where else on Earth is capable of producing wines this complex, this ripe, this intensely mineral, yet this light and airy.
Vintage Notes: "The 2017 vintage was small, courtesy of a frost which hit much of Northern Europe and affected the yields. But the vintage turned out to be a beautiful one, even if it was far from homogeneous as rot played a role at the beginning of the harvest.
The Kabinett wines do maybe not have the utter lightness of 2016 or 2014, but they make this up through stunning depth, raciness and midpalate presence. The sweet spot of the vintage are the stunning Spätlese. The great acidity and aromatic purity makes for some superb wines of great depth and drinking pleasure. 2017 will go down in history as one of the grand vintages for noble-sweet Riesling. Almost every wine we tasted was superb and readers are well advised to stock up on the vintage’s finest creations. Acidity and intensity made for some superb off-dry Riesling in 2017. In no other category are there so many new quality estates to be discovered. Lastly, 2017 proved also superb for dry Riesling, but only at the top. The heterogeneity of the vintage really comes through here. Some dry Riesling bottlings are simply magical. But others are over-powering and ripe. The great ones are worth the search but one needs to follow tasting notes or taste for oneself." - Mosel Fine Wine #44 (1/2019)
87pts (2018 Vintage) Mosel Fine Wine 6/28/2019
"The 2018er Riesling Feinherb Blauschiefer comes from Estate holdings in the St. Aldegunder Himmelreich and Palmberg-Terrassen and was fermented down to 14 g/l of residual sugar. It offers a delicate and ripe nose of pear, white peach, mirabelle and lemon peel. The wine is quite flowery and fruity on the tad smooth palate. A kick of acidity comes through in the surprising persistent finish. This will benefit from a few years of cellaring to integrate its residual sugar."