Dr. L Riesling Dry is made with fruit that comes exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil. By working closely with local growers on long-term contracts, brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen are able to maintain excellent quality in every vintage.
The Mosel’s steep, south-facing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.
A very mild winter in 2014, (not a single day
of snow or ice) led to an early bud break and
flowering, which caused concern about
possible frost damage. Luckily, there was
no frost. The vines were well ahead of
normal, but a cool and rainy summer
slowed them down. The only problem
was the heavy rains in July and August
brought the grapes to the point of
bursting. Harvest had to happen quickly
to avoid rot issues. Through fast
work and careful selection, the crop that was picked was good and healthy. This is reflected in the bright
fruit and persistent minerality of the
2014 Dr. L Riesling Dry.