Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spatlese 2018 (Lot #3 525 672 14 19)



94 pts. Wine Advocate

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100% Riesling. Erich and Johannes Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein concentrate on the essentials and thus have become creators of outstanding Saar Rieslings. One could almost speak of the unknown fifth element, with which the two growers enrich the wines. As a result, the father-and-son team produces extremely steely, salty, and ultra-traditional Saar Rieslings. The Falkensteiner Hof once belonged to the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier. After decades of decay, Erich Weber and his wife, Marita, bought the property in 1985 and slowly built it back up. The Weber family cultivate about 8 ha of mainly old Riesling vines—over 1 ha ungrafted—in a side valley of the Saar known as Konzer Tälchen. All the Riesling grapes are hand-picked and placed, via gravity, in whole bunches into a pneumatic press for two to three hours. The ensuing musts are left overnight to settle naturally by sedimentation and are then exclusively fermented with ambient yeasts in old oak Fuder casks. The top sites are located on south-facing slopes, such as Niedermenniger Herrenberg, Niedermenniger Sonnenberg, Krettnacher Euchariusberg, and Krettnacher Altenberg. This fruity Spätlese comes from a slightly higher parcel in Krettnacher Euchariusberg.  The soil here is much stonier than in the rest of the mountain. The deepness of the stony soils ensures a good water supply for the vines even in very hot years. Shows in the core its Saar typical radiance, is animating, and has traction and bite.

Tasting Notes
From grafted 50- to 60-years-old vines in the steep Förster Ternes lieu-dit, the 2018 Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese (AP 14) is cool, ripe and intense on the crystalline, flinty, concentrated and aromatic nose. This is a mountain stream of Saar Riesling coming from one of the greatest terroirs in the Saar. Lush and firm, with challenging mineral acidity and tight structure, this is an expressive terroir wine that is sharp and precise as a knife and complex as a construction plan.
- Stephan Reinhardt

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Weight 4 lbs