Twitter @tthaas (self-described wine geek and abuser of parentheses) on WineWednesday today asked us to say a little more about our Erdener Treppchen. Thanks for asking, Tyler! Here goes…
The Erdener Treppchen vineyard (The Little Staircase of Erden) is so steep that stone steps were built into the hillside long ago to help workers reach the vines.
The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with intense minerality on the finish.
Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr. They benefit greatly from a few years in the bottle to develop fully.
Wines produced: Riesling Kabinett, Riesling Spätlese, Riesling Auslese, Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule, Riesling Beerenauslese, Riesling Eiswein.