Stein Riesling Alfer Holle 1900 Spatlese Trocken 2018



91-92 pts. Vinous

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100% Riesling. Ulli Stein is a true bohemian who lives in a beautiful inn on the top of a mountain overlooking the Mosel – he and his wife own the inn. It’s interesting that while Ulli’s wines are not widely known in the U.S., he has nothing less than a fanatical following in Europe. He could likely sell every last bottle to his friends in Germany alone, yet there are places of some importance, like Noma in Copenhagen, that are dedicated Stein fanatics. Stein’s “1900” bottling is one of the more extraordinary wines of the Mosel. Here we have a historic site, the second oldest producing Riesling vineyard in the Mosel with just over 1,000 vines planted in the year 1900 (thus the name of the cuvée). This is a vineyard Ulli Stein tends like a garden. If you let it open up for a couple hours, it has extraordinary complexity and uncanny balance. It is wines like this that simply transcend those easy categories we use to organize the world and our experiences.

Tasting Notes
"Apple, pear and lime are garlanded with honeysuckle on a nose reminiscent of the corresponding 2017 and indicative of the succulence and inner mouth perfume that ensue on a seductively creamy palate. But there is also an appealingly stimulating tang of pear skin and piquancy of fruit seed to serve for counterpoint. Hints of almond are complemented by the wine’s creaminess, making for a Pinot Blanc–like effect. A burst of limy brightness serves for refreshment on a delectably persistent, stone-kissing finish. This was just about to be bottled when I last tasted it in September 2019." - David Schildknecht

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs