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2018 Willi Schaefer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese #17

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June 23, 2024 - $36



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Lightly poached pear and apple are tinged with vanilla on a lovely nose. Vanilla cream mingles with the pear and apple on a glossy, caressing yet stimulatingly juicy palate. The purity of fruit, adeptly supported by the wine’s residual sugar, is irresistible, and persists into a hauntingly persistent finish of utmost delicacy and consummate refreshment...ringingly clear as well as pure.


Willi Schaefer

Willi Schaefer is 9-acre estate in the Mosel region of Germany that produces only Riesling. It is owned and operated by Willi Schaefer and his son Christoph and it makes highly regarded wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Willi Schaefer has been crafting some of Mosel’s finest and most age worthy Riesling for more than three decades…The Schaefers practice meticulous viticulture, vinification and bottling by parcel…”


Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is Germany’s most prestigious wine region and it is comprised of the vineyards surrounding the Mosel River and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. This region is the northernmost of Germany’s primary viticultural areas, located on the western edge of Germany just above the northeast corner of France. Internationally Mosel Rieslings are considered among the finest white wines in the world. In Germany and elsewhere, the region’s name is often shortened simply to Mosel, and in fact since 2007 Mosel has been the formal name of the region for viticultural purposes. The references to Saar and Ruwer were dropped for ease of marketing. The distinctively crisp, mineral tasting, acidic Rieslings produced in Mosel are attributed partly to the region’s slate soils and extremely vertiginous vineyards. Many vineyards are on 60 to 80 percent cent inclines along the three rivers. Riesling grapes represent more than half of all the grapes grown in Mosel, followed by Muller-Thurgau, a white wine grape related to Riesling, and Elbling, an indigenous white wine grape often used for sparkling wines.


White Wine, Riesling, Spätlese

This white variety originated in Germany. It’s known for its strong flowery aromas and high acidity. Please note Rieslings can have dramatic differences as the grape can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines.