2017 Carl Loewen Longuicher Maximin Herrenberg "1896" Alte Reben Riesling Mosel

SKU #1407892 97 points James Suckling

 Dark and dangerous. Rich and spicy, too. This great Mosel riesling needs a lot of aeration to give its best. Although it is almost dry, it has a super succulent palate. Enormous depth and finesse right through the very long finish. Better from 2019 or 2020, but it also shows long-term aging potential.  (6/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Longuich Maximin Herrenberg Riesling 1896 (Black Label) is very clear and concentrated yet fine on the spicy, grapefruit-scented nose. Full-bodied, concentrated and highly aromatic on the palate, this is a rich and very intense Riesling with elegant power and a long, aromatic finish. This is a tightly structured and persistent Riesling whose grapes were macerated and basket-pressed, and the juice ran without sedimentation into the oldest fuder, where the must was fermented with indigenous yeasts. A strong and promising Riesling from ungrafted vines, this has analytically more alcohol than the 1896 (White Label), but it's much more balanced due to its concentration and fleshy fruit. This 1896 should be kept for about 5 to 10 years, at least. Tasted in April 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

95 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 12 18. The 2017er Riesling “1896” comes from century-old un-grafted vines (planted in 1896) in the Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg using traditional winemaking methods dating back to the 1900s and was fermented down to 12.5 g/l of residual sugar. It proves comparatively reduced and only gradually reveals a gorgeous nose made of grapefruit, greengage, herbs and fine spices. The wine is beautifully focused but also remarkably intense on the palate loaded with ripe fruits, a hint of camphor and plenty of minerals. It leaves one with a smooth and complex feel in the mineral and slate-infused finish. This is intense and even bold but remains utterly focused right into the after-taste. It only needs a few years of bottle aging in order for the hint of sweetness to melt into the wine. It will then prove a stunning piece of dry-tasting wine: What a huge success! 2022-2032." (06/2018)

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