Riesling Feinherb "Weihwasser", Stein
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Riesling Feinherb "Weihwasser", Stein - 2021

Item # 44403 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Weihwasser translates into holy water and is an apt name for this generous Riesling that seems to just set the mood. The 60 year old vines are planted on slate soils in St. Aldegunder Klosterkammer. After hand-harvest, some of the grapes are destemmed and them ferment in old 1000 liter fuders. Dr. Ulli Stein and his young protégé, Philip Lardot, are the winemakers at this 6 hectare estate. Ulli is the fine owner of some 60 to 90 year old ungrafted vines making some parcels the second oldest vineyard in the Mosel.

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Staff Pick Notes

Weihwasser is German for "Holy Water," and I must admit this is some sacred wine grown on sacred ground. The slopes in Mosel are so steep and challenging to work that many sites were abandoned in the 20th century. Dr. Ulrich Stein of Weingut Stein has since championed the reclamation of many of these steep sites and turned them into glorious labors of love, producing outstanding Riesling. This slightly off-dry Feinherb brings clean and cool minerality, dashes of lime, lemon, and pear, with a light touch of honeyed sweetness. Farmed organically from old vines, this wine shows awesome concentration of fruit flavor without coming across as overripe. Great Riesling.

- MM

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