Riesling "Barrel X", Peter Lauer
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Riesling "Barrel X", Peter Lauer - 2022

Item # 44702 750mL

Peter Lauer focuses on dry and off-dry Rieslings that come from the Saar area of the Mosel Valley. The mineral on the palate along with the purity and focus is so clearly attibuted to the terroir. The grapes come from an intricate tapestry of parcels and sub-parcels - the majority from the hillside of Ayler Kupp.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

The crystalline purity of this wine is the reason I love Riesling from the Saar region of Germany. I am a big fan of spicy food, and when I need a wine to balance out the spice of Thai chilies or the numbing sensation of Sichuan peppercorns and also enhancing the flavors of the dish, this is the wine I reach for. While technically off-dry, the wine’s intense minerality harmonizes perfectly with the fruit to create a masterpiece of vigor and refinement. The pedigree of the fruit in this bottle will show itself immediately without showing off. This wine demonstrates complete confidence in itself without being arrogant, a rarity in today’s world.




German wines are some of the most jubilantly fruity bottles in the world. The country's Rieslings have been prized worldwide for centuries, yet they have never quite caught on in the U.S.: this no doubt due to Germany’s arcane system of wine classification. The most useful words to know on German wine labels are “Kabinett,” which indicates an outstanding everyday wine, and “trocken,” which means “dry.” As far as dessert wines go, a half-bottle of German Eiswein is so potent that you'll be able...

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Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the delightful honeyed, flinty flavors that the best sweet Rieslings have always displayed. Alsace, of...

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