2020 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese Feinherb (Palm)
The 2020er Niedermennig Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Palm (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label after the AP number) comes from 60-70-year-old vines in the south-facing Langenberg sector of the vineyard and was fermented down to offdry levels of residual sugar (29 g/l). It feels quite restrained and very smoky at first and only gradually reveals its hugely complex and multi-faceted nose of anise, vineyard peach, mint, cassis, white flowers, greengage, candied lime, rosemary, and almond. The wine is superbly well-balanced on the palate where a hint of whipped cream and white and yellow peach add to an overwhelming sense of complexity and finesse. One does not question the residual sugar at play as it is only a magic support for lightness, delicacy, and complexity. The hugely long and deep finish is very impressive. This is a modern-day legend in the making! Drink 2024-2040.
Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines