Emrich Schönleber


Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen trocken Riesling 2004

Good to have seen this next to the SF (NB: The two producers share many of the same vineyards). For me, this was the weaker expression of Frühlingsplätzchen, although still very good. Sweeter and more exotic fruit profile than the SF, the Schönleber's interpretation of this site flexes more power. Nevertheless, it manages to remains very harmonious and juicy with the laser beam acidity. Pineapple, unripe mango, peach, smoke, and cream aromas. Intense on the palate with good grip. Finishes salty and exotic. It's incredibly satisfying to drink but loses out to the SF in terms of elegance and refinement. — 16 days ago

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Oberhäuser Brücke GG Riesling Trocken 2018

Wish I could tell you that I tasted the TBA, but silly me (and CW) decided we'd wait until we've tasted all the drier wines before moving on to this... then poof! None left. Sigh. Heard that it's amazing though and the hammer price seems to indicate so - 1020€ 0.375L, 2750€ 0.75L, and 18000€ 1.5L. Insane!

As for the GG, that I did taste. Again, take my notes with a grain of salt given how brief the occasion was. Very fruit driven, ranging from yellow stone fruits to exotic fruits, both on the nose and palate. Nose is beautifully touched by herbal notes. Noticeable sweetness on the palate. Excellent acidity, but I felt the finish was somewhat muted by a touch of warmth in the finish. Needs time to bring more balance. I thought it was a good GG, but trumped by the 18' ADL that it was tasted with on both occasions. 200€ 0.75L

NB: The usual suspects (at least for me) delivered the best dry rieslings at the Nahe VDP auctions. Some brief notes and in order of my favourites:

1) Emrich-Schonleber 18' Auf der Lay: My wine of the auction. Such a beautiful nose - Stone fruits, citrus, just the right amount of greenness (fresh cut herbs and grass), and a real chalky feel. The palate is just so saline, intense, deep, and balanced. Amazing drive. Almost as good as the 17'! 270€ 1.5L and 720€ 3.0L

2) Philipp Kuhn 18' Philippsbrunnen: Wow wow! Surprise of this auction. Precise, elegant, juicy, and so mineral. The nose is airy and cool. Multi-layered palate with sufficient extract. Gentle power comes to mind with this wine. I absolutely adored it and definitely one of the best buys this auction. 105€ 0.75L

3) Keller 18' Pettenthal: What can I say? The terroir is just so strong (taste any producer producing Pettenthal and you'll know) and KP does a great job at turning up the dial to 150%! Admittedly, the doesn't have the electricity of the 17' :( 800€ 0.75L

4) Wagner-Stempel 18' EMT: Better than the 17' I feel, but definitely still on the austere side. Some noticeable phenolics on the palate, but the density and depth is just plain impressive. Excellent value if you ask me. 100€ 0.75L

Lastly, something needs to said about the Wittmann La Borne and Battenfeld-Spanier Zellertal Kreuzberg - I don't get why people are paying so much for these wines (270€ and 210€ respectively).
— 2 months ago

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@Aaron Tan Thanks for the excellent summation of these young Rieslings.
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@Bob McDonald 😁 The auctions are a great way to sort of check in on producers and how they did in the vintage I feel.


Lay Monzinger Halenberg Erste Lage Riesling 2004

The trifecta - 2004, Lay (coolest plot of Halenberg), and magnum! This is pinnacle level stuff. Took its time to open up, but when it did... Mind-altering! The nose was wonderfully complex right from the start. Evolved from smokey stone fruit aromas, to a tropical fruit basket with biscuit-like tones, to more salinity and fresh cut herbs, and finally to a mix of dried citrus with deep calcerous minerality and woody herbs. Crazy. Closed till the end of the bottle, but the balance was undeniable from the get-go. Perfectly integrated acidity, highly concentrated, juicy yellow stone fruits, deep minerality, and endless finish. As SC puts it, at its first peak now, but needs another 10 years to show its best. — a month ago

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Monzinger Kabinett Riesling 2015

Crisp off-dry green melon. $30 @moorebrothers — 3 months ago


-S- Trocken Weißburgunder

Crisp, light, acidic but not overly so — 4 months ago


Halenberg GG Riesling 2017

Wow, this wine really split opinions but I never got around to asking those who didn't like it why. Perhaps due to the massive almost-too-sweet fruit that dominates the palate, but for me, the acidity and herbal elements kept it in check. Could sport a little more minerality I feel, which I'm sure it will gain as the fruit sheds with age. I must admit that 17' isn't the strongest showing of Emrich-Schönleber's Halenberg, especially when you consider how incredible the vintage's Auf der Lay is, but still, it's a good wine that I would gladly drink again. — 2 months ago

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A. de. L Riesling 2012

Magnum Auction bottle — 3 months ago

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Lenz Nahe Riesling 2015

As advertised, strong mineral notes, quite dry and acidic, lots of character — 4 months ago