Wine Enthusiast's Top 3 Wines of Germany
Winemaker Fritz Haag (photo) from the Mosel region scored no. 9 in this prestigious selection of fine wines (all reviews by Anna Lee C. Iljima):
Fritz Haag 2017 Brauneberger Juffer, Auslese, Grosse Lage Riesling (Mosel) - 97 points. https://weingut-fritz-haag.de/ Full review:
Intensely ripe aromas of pineapple and blossom perfume this exuberantly sweet auslese. It's a stunningly concentrated, intoxicating wine, laden with sweet honey and stone-fruit flavors balanced by zippy lime acidity. Fresh and primary now, it is nuanced enough to gain complexity for decades to come.
The two other awarded German wines are
Von Buhl 2016 Brut Riesling (Pfalz) - 94 points (# 39) https://www.von-buhl.de/ Full review:
Whiffs of cookie crumbles and blossom introduce this bold Riesling sparkler. The palate is loaded with crisp pear and yellow apple flavors edged by a hint of copper and spine-tingling acidity. It's a rich, luxuriously textured wine with a long, penetrating finish.
Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof 2017, From Old Vines Riesling (Mosel) - 90 points (#97) https://www.nikweis.com/ Full review:
Slate and crushed earth tones permeate from start to finish in this racy, intensely mineral Riesling. Just a shade off dry on the palate, it offers concentrated tangerine and lemon-skin flavors offset by a steely tang. This vibrant wine should open and improve through 2022.