Riesling 2016 Grand Cru Spiegel (Dry)
Vinous by Ian d’Agata 91+/100
"Good pale yellow-green. Refined aromas of fresh peach, candied pineapple and spices; yellow stone fruit notes emerge as the wine opens in the glass. Slightly sweet, tactile and politely styled; strong acids frame and lift the intense stone fruit flavor. Already quite pliant, rich and round, but needs three or four years to express itself fully. Much richer and rounder (12.8% alcohol) than Dirler-Cadé’s 2016 Kitterlé, it tastes sweeter too, but finishes bright and juicy, with very good balance. Dirler was unhappy with the amount of residual sugar in this wine (at 8.6 g/l residual sugar and only 7.4 g/l total acidity, he felt it was too high) but I find this has very good balance. (Dirler told me his parcels of vines in the Spiegel often give grapes that have trouble finishing fermentation, possibly due to a lack of nitrogen in the soil.)"
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