Dr. Lippold, 2018 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten-Neuberg, Ante
Produced from 38+ year old vines in the historical Premier Cru vineyard of Neuberg. Red slate soil is unique to Ürzig and the 60% gradient slope makes for a very difficult time in the vineyard. The wine is aged a minimum of 18 months after bottling before release and is off-dry.
This bottling exhibits what I like to call “hidden sweetness”-namely, an efficacious level of residual sugar that barely if at all reaches the threshold of perceived sweetness. Bright lime and fresh strawberry supply a Würzgarten-typical nose and palate. Polish and buoyancy go delightfully hand in hand. The sustained finish is vivacious, a consummately refreshing, mouthwateringly saline, invigoratingly accented with apple and strawberry seeds and transparent to subtly smoky, stony nuances. A generic Mosel bottling seldom if ever gets better than this. -David Schildknecht, VINOUS