The 2016 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (AP 53 17) is clear, fresh and intense on the nose. This is a rich and lush, super juicy but also piquant and crystalline Spätlese with mineral grip and tension. The finish is extremely mouthwatering and salty. Beautiful. (SR)
Mint-laced fresh strawberry and lime on the nose morph into a delectable strawberry and lime chiffon on the palate, thanks to a combination of delicacy, subtle creaminess and refreshing primary juiciness. A hint of nutmeg enhances the rich sense of advanced ripeness on exhibit here alongside animation and brightness. Marine mineral suffusion serves for saliva-inducement on a lusciously persistent finish. The next sip is simply irresistible. (This was bottled ahead of the 2017 harvest but not until after my late July 2017 visit.) (DS)
Harmonious, with prominent slate details adding to the crunchy texture, while apricot, pear and chamomile tea aromas and flavors provide a charming aspect. Tangy acidity makes this refreshing and delivers a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2031. (AZ)
Ripe, rich tangerine, apricot and peach pulsate through this light-bodied yet powerfully fruity spätlese. It's unctuously concentrated yet balanced by spine tingling acidity and a murmur of lime zest on the finish. Delightful already but likely to improve further through at least 2030. (ALI)
Ernie Loosen’s wines are never perfumed bruisers that punch you on the nose, but require olfactory dedication to appreciate their subtle fragrant nuances. The Würzgarten just teases with hints of ripe apple, even yellow plums, and the obligatory spicy sprinkling. The palate is a little more generous and delivers the sweet green-and-yellow fruit with juicy verve and stimulating acidity. The sweet fruit on the finish is quite delicious and tingles with a fine spicy piquancy. (MS) 18/20
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