Wine Enthusiast Picks Dr. Loosen Blue Slate as “Editors’ Choice”

We’re very excited to learn that our 2009 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett “Blue Slate” is going to be an “Editors’ Choice” in the March issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, with a rating of 90 points. Here’s what they have to say about it.

90 Dr. Loosen 2009 Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett (Mosel); $20. As with all of the Dr. Loosen wines, this blended Kabinett is very fruit-forward and direct. The green apple and lime notes are wonderfully pure and balanced. Drink this light, spritely wine over the next few years. Imported by Loosen Bros. USA. Editors’

Now in its third vintage, the Blue Slate Kabinett is our answer to the increasing challenge of producing true Kabinett in the grand cru single-vineyard sites. In today’s generally warmer climate, it is more difficult to harvest these vineyards before they reach Spätlese or even Auslese ripeness. By moving farther up the slope, where it is cooler, we can select fruit that is perfectly ripe for Kabinett.

This wine comes from parcels owned by Dr. Loosen in the blue slate villages of Bernkastel, Graach and Wehlen. It is bright and pure with the classic white peach fruit and floral, flinty minerality that is so typical from blue slate. A plush attack on the mid-palate leads to a deliciously firm, delicate finish.

Our “Blue Slate” Kabinett makes an elegant aperitif and is an excellent match for seafood, spicy Asian cuisine and lighter dishes.

It’s really catching on around the US. We think its popularity shows that our winemaker, Ernie Loosen, was right to put extra effort into maintaining the true Kabinett style in an estate-bottled wine, without a single-vineyard designation.

We only use the “grand cru” vineyard names on our single-vineyard wines. But, because of the warming climate, it’s getting more difficult to produce the light and delicate Kabinett style in those sites. So we’ve moved up the steep slopes of the Mosel to cooler sites that are outside the grand cru boundaries. This allows us to continue making real Kabinett and, best of all, to offer it at a lower price.

That’s a win-win if ever we saw one. Thanks, Wine Enthusiast!

To learn more about our Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate, click here and then scroll down to the Blue Slate “info sheet”.

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