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Dr. Loosen, 2015 Loosen Ürziger Wurzgarten Auslese

"The 2015 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is super clear, fresh and precise on the nose, which reveals flint and stony, as well as lemony fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a refreshing, piquant and vibrant Auslese made from perfectly selected grapes with 50% of botrytis. The wine is enormously vital and crisp, showing a very intense and long finish with tropical fruit aromas. Great aging potential and highly digestible."
Dr. Loosen, 2015 Loosen Ürziger Wurzgarten Auslese

"Fresh lemon and clementine accented by their candied peels mingle with mint and sassafras on a head-turning nose and a cooling, refreshing, invigoratingly piquant but at the same time subtly oil palate. The penetrating finish is tinglingly animating and generously juicy in a way that one doesn’t anticipate in a Riesling whose concentration, botrytization and sheer ripeness fully merit the Auslese designation. A wealth of stony and smoky mineral notes adds depth and intrigue to this vibrant set of variations on classic Treppchen themes of citrus, herbs and slate. (This wine wasn’t bottled until mid-September 2016, so when I tasted it at that time, I compared both a remnant taken from tank and a newly bottled sample.)"

Dr. Loosen, 2015 Loosen Ürziger Wurzgarten Auslese

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2015 Loosen Ürziger Wurzgarten Auslese
Dr. Loosen

100% Riesling

Literally translating to "The Spice Garden of Ürzig", this wine hails from the weathered red volcanic and slate soils of the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard, which makes it quite unique in the Mosel. It is a very steep site that yields wines with an exotic, spicy aroma and a mesmerizing earthiness. The Dr. Loosen estate’s oldest vines (up to 120 years old) are found here.

Auslese means “selected from the harvest,” and is a luscious, limited production sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50 percent affected by botrytis. The botrytis mold, (aka “Noble Rot”) draws moisture from the grapes, dehydrating them and concentrating the juice. The resulting wine is dense, intensely flavored and rich on the palate, but balanced by Riesling’s naturally crisp acidity.

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