2017 Schloss Lieser Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese Mosel

SKU #1425308 93-94 points John Gilman

 To my knowledge, this is the only Spätlese produced from the Helden vineyard this year and it is a beauty. The bouquet offers up a lovely nose of fresh lime, white cherries, a touch of mint, gentle notes of wild yeast, a lovely base of slate and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is crisp, pure and medium-full, with a juicy core, a fine touch of minerality on the backend, fine focus and grip and excellent lift on the long finish from excellent acidity. The closing tapestry of pure fruit and salinity from the extract is marvelous. (Drink between 2018-2050)  (5/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Niederberg Helden Riesling Spätlese is the finest and most precise of the different selections or predicates. The nose is pure and fresh, with slatey notes. The palate is lush but lean, crystalline and elegant, revealing generous but precisely defined fruit and lingering salinity. Tasted in March 2019.(SR)  (6/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and succulent, with luminous aromas and flavors of lime zest, spice and kiwifruit, all tied to an elegant profile. Shows fine balance and a long, elegant finish. Drink now through 2030  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

92pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 11 18. The 2017er Lieserer Niederberg Helden Spätlese delivers a superbly complex and aromatic nose of whipped coconut cream, quince, yellow peach, banana, dried herbs and smoke as well as a touch of toffee and bakery elements. The wine develops a beautiful tension between whipped almond cream and juicy candied grapefruit on the creamy and intense palate. It is nicely smooth and delicate in the very long, comparatively rich and honeyed finish. 2027-2047."

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.