Don’t miss this great article about the 2009 German Rieslings by Jon Bonné on SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle’s website.
In “The Chronicle Recommends: German Riesling” here’s what Jon wrote about Dr. Loosen and our “Friends of Ernie” portfolio member, Robert Weil, wines:
“2009 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Mosel Riesling Kabinett ($26): Loosen’s ’09 wines are opulent and silken, sometimes almost a bit soft for the year, but this is buoyed by intense slate and saline mineral, with a beautiful counterpoint of green apple and tangerine. Quintessential Mosel, with focus and delicious, lively fruit. The 2009 Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese ($32) is more honeyed, but still very precise. (Importer: Loosen Bros.)”
More info about the Dr. Loosen portfolio of wines.
WEINGUT ROBERT WEIL
“2009 Robert Weil Estate Dry Rheingau Riesling ($28): Weil’s lineup is almost timeless in ’09, but here’s a great example of the potential for dry Riesling. There’s lots of stuffing and a softer texture here to balance the intense freshness – a subtle soapstone and iris nose, with nectar and bright lime accents. Also seek out Weil’s Kiedrich Grafenberg Spatlese ($76) with its tremendous honeyed nectarine fruit, though it needs a few years to mellow. (Importer: Loosen Bros.)”
More info about the Weingut Robert Weil portfolio of wines.
And, while you’re at it, do read Jon Bonné’s companion article, “’09 Rieslings offer ripe blend of fruit, acidity.”