Starting with the 2008 vintage, Ernst Loosen has embarked on a quest to revive the dry Riesling style of his grandfather. All of these wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts in 1,000- or 3,000-liter oak casks and left on the lees for 12 months or more, with no batonnage. Learn more about Ernst Loosen’s new generation of dry Rieslings here.
DR. L RIESLING DRY
This crisp, refreshing Riesling is the dry counterpart to the fruity, off-dry Dr. L Riesling. Together, these two wines represent the entry-level from Dr. Loosen, capturing the elegant and racy characteristics of steep, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very reasonable price. We call them our “welcome to the Mosel” wines.
Estate Riesling Dry “Red Slate”
This dry counterpart to the classically fruity “Blue Slate” Riesling Kabinett is produced exclusively with fruit from estate-owned vineyards in Ürzig and Erden that have the iron-rich red slate soil. Fermented naturally in 3,000-liter casks.
DR. LOOSEN GROSSES GEWÄCHS (GG)
Grosses Gewächs (grow-sess guh-vex) simply means “great growth” in German. It is the term used for a producer’s best dry wine from a classified Grosse Lage (equivalent to “grand cru”) vineyard. These wines are easily identified by the new “GG” logo on the bottle.
Erdener Prälat Riesling GG Alte Reben
A rich and complex dry Riesling from old vines (“Alte Reben”) in “the Richebourg of the Mosel.” Southfacing and situated between the river and massive, heat-retaining slate cliffs, the Prälat site produces extraordinarily ripe, deeply flavored fruit.
Erdener Treppchen Riesling GG Alte Reben
Explosive fruit and an expansive texture from the oldest parcel of the Treppchen vineyard, a windy site that inhibits botrytis, allowing for very long hang time and exceptional flavor development. Only one 1,000-liter Fuder cask is produced.
Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling GG Alte Reben
Selected from an extremely old (120+ years) parcel of vines, called Urglück, located in the original part of the Würzgarten vineyard, directly behind the village. It shows the earthy, spicy character of the red volcanic soil here.
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG
The Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG exhibits the delicate style and penetrating floral/citrus intensity that is typical of the blue slate soil. The vines here average 60 years of age, so the wine is not labeled as Alte Reben. That designation is reserved for wines from 100+ year-old vines.
Graacher Himmelreich Riesling GG
The Graacher Himmelreich GG shows the typically bright aromatics and assertive mineral character of this very steep, rocky vineyard.
Bernkasteler Lay Riesling GG
The Bernkasteler Lay vineyard typically produces dry wines with a complex aroma that combines floral, fruit and herbal components. Classic blue slate fruits, such as apple and white peach, emerge on the palate, with a fine, elegant texture and a pure finish.