Dr. Loosen Riesling Eiswein 2007
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines.
To achieve this, Ernst dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilization, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilizers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.
Eiswein (“ice wine”) is another of nature’s rare and wonderful gifts in our area. We hold aside certain plots of vines, hoping for a deep enough freeze (minimum –8° C, or 17° F) to harvest frozen grapes. These grapes are picked in the wee hours of the morning and pressed while they are still frozen, to slowly squeeze out a few drops of precious nectar, leaving the water behind as ice. The result is a vibrant, racydessert wine that is strikingly different from the rounder, more honeyed style of the wines concentrated by botrytis.
“A sweet-tart profile and searing notes of lime, vanilla pastry and slate highlight this pure, racy white. It’s light in weight and really electric on the finish. Just lacks a bit of harmony now to be classic. Best from 2012 through 2040.”-Wine Spectator 94 Points
Grape Varietal: Riesling
Type: Still wine