92 points Wine Spectator When in Germany this year I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the fantastically insane Armin Diel of Schlossgut Diel in the Nahe Valley. This is a man greatly respected and feared in the German Wine world - an almost Robert Parker like personality in his effect on the public's opinion of new wines. He along with Joel Payne review all the German wines for the Gault Millau, an extremely influential publication which can greatly affect the sales of any given estate. The Schlossgut Diel is without exception one of the top estates in all of Germany, known for their dry Burgundian varietals as well as classic Rieslings from three very distinct top sites - the Goldloch, Pittermännchen, and Burgberg. What I found in Armin and his wines is a lusty vitality and purity that is refreshing and invigorating almost contagious. He has that glow of someone who loves what they do and are proud of what they have accomplished. The Pittermännchen or "little silver coin" is a steep south-west facing vineyard composed of slate with traces of quartz and silica throughout. A truly haunting nose of sweet herbs, lemon essence, smoke and slate which leaves you enchanted. The palate is gobsmacked with racy fruit and mineral, which refuse to relent. There is so much depth here it seems infinite.
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