Dr Loosen Mosel Riesling 2016 an estate that has been in the Loosen family for 200 years and possesses some of the countries top vineyards sites. Vineyards from Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen, Urzig and Erden show different characteristics. Due mainly to the differences in soil, slopes and age of vines. Expressing Riesling, from red slate, blue site, volcanic soil sites on some of the steepest vineyards in Europe. Dr. Loosen Mosel Riesling shows what the Mosel can produce generally with a bone dry palate and richness synonymous with Mosel Riesling.
Lately, Ernst Loosen has been flying the flag of traditional dry styles of Riesling. Spurred on through his discovery of much older German Rieslings and their ability to age so well. This translates to production methods where only healthy grapes make the grade. Spontaneous fermentation is promoted as is extended maturation of the Cuvee in old wooden casks on the lees.
Dr Loosen Mosel Riesling 2016 shows a floral aroma upfront with layers of subtle spice and orange blossom. The palate is crisp and dry with a mouthwatering mid-palate. Length is concentrated and rich with a dry but scented lemon finish. Riesling can benefit from a little age and this is another great example of that. The extra years in bottle soften and round out the acidity while emphasizing the pure fruit. laying a 6 pack of this down for another few years would certainly yield some nice surprises.
If Riesling has never appealed then Dr. Loosen’s range is a perfect starting point for education. One can literally taste through a map of the Mosel River side by side. Then really focus and appreciate the differences these sites have to offer. More importantly, the value for money they offer is incredible.