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2016 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Alte Reben Riesling Grosse Gewachs
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- ABV 12.5%
- Closure: Cork
Still rather closed on the nose this has both seductive peachy fruit and graceful acidity on the palate. A seamless harmony and the finish is long and refined! Better from 2018 through 2035.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
The 2014er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Reserve GG is made from very old un-grafted vines in the prime Laychen (central part) and Sandpichter (near Zeltingen) sectors. It was fermented in oak with ambient yeasts and aged on its gross lees for 24 months before being bottled. This offers an almost Chablis-like nose of almond, juniper berry, coconut, vanilla cream and spices on the nose. The wine delivers a great spicy feel of almond cream on the palate and leaves a gorgeously balanced feel in the still quite tart finish. 2019-2029.
Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines
Apple and white peach are strongly marked by the piquancy of their seeds and pits but fortunately preserve a modicum of primary juiciness. There is a greater sense of stuffing and fullness here than in other Loosen 2016 Grosse Gewächse, but less animation or sense of detail. The bitter side of vanilla bean points toward the Einzellage of origin, and there is a prominent undertone of wet stone in the seriously sustained finish. But, apropos of “serious,” don’t look to this wine for charm! Like past installments, the 2016 issues principally from vines planted in 1911 in an unconstructed portion of the Sonnenuhr Einzellage known as Laychen.” Loosen maintains that a focal-point location, combined with the abundance of finely morcellated slate from which it gets its name, makes Laychen the site in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr with the finest potential, which he finds already reflected in the present wine. I can’t identify here the surplus of “finesse” or “elegance” – vis-à-vis, say, the corresponding Treppchen, Würzgarten or Himmelreich – that Loosen as well as some of my fellow critics typically perceive in his Grosse Gewächse from Wehlener Sonnenuhr. I tasted this one late in July 2017, approximately two months ahead of its anticipated bottling date.
David Schildknecht - Vinous