Germany

Sven Nieger

Ungeschminkt Riesling 2016

Wonderfully densely fruited Riesling. Not unctuous or over the top but almost northern rhonish in fruit density. Nose is apricot and mineral. Finish is delicious. Juicy. Just yummy fruit. A kiss of candied lemon.

Not a typical Riesling. But goes great with weightier food like chicken in cream sauce. So it has a place in a cellar. Makes sense threat this is weightier as it’s from Baden which is Germany’s southern most wine region.

Very different. An unusual combination of density and vibrancy

Bought from fass selections.
— 13 days ago

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Weingut Josef Walter

Hundsrück Trocken Spätburgunder ,,J" 2015

Lyle Fass
9.7

I have been waiting to taste this wine for 4 years and it’s better than I imagined. Holee fuck. This is the best young Walter wine I’ve ever had. Blind anybody would say grand cru red burg. Easily up there with the top 5 German Pinots I’ve ever had. Just insane nose. It’s insane right off the bat. The nose is a spectrum. There is so much and its so fragrant and so detailed and so vivid and so so delicate. It’s the Pinot Noir experience from a top vineyard that nothing else can reproduce. Huge chestnut, fresh rotting leaves, orange rind, cherry flower, mid season cherry. Tons and tons of the most beautiful spice your nose gets lost. It’s so stunning. And I’ve only described maybe 1/3rd of the nose. There are accents of mint and menthol and also hints I’d very fine cigar. A new nuance and detail every time you stick your nose in the glass. The palate puts the G in Grand Cru. It’s totally seamless. Just this beautiful orb of Hundsruck that is blessing your palate. It’s opulent and sweet but also velvety and has the most velvety, melty, to die for tannins. Just perfect balance. I know Walter and I know this wine is only showing 10% as I’ve NEVER had a mature Hundsrück. The 11 and 12 are still too young. This is a mindboggljng wine that is so distinctive. No Pinot in the world acts like it smells like or taste like Walter’s Hundsrück. This is a masterpiece. This is Walter’s Seven Samurai. So elegant and deep wirh just an amazing finish that keeps on adding length and richness the more the wine aerates. This is a 9.7 right now. Any other producer we are at 9.8 now but this is Walter and air is this estates friend. A masterpiece and a new benchmark in German Pinot.

UPDATE: after 3 hours this is as transcendent as German Pinot gets. Just velvet. Amazing delicacy in this wine. A privilege to drink now at 3 hours. Waffling between 9.7 and 9.8.
— 5 days ago

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Holzfass

BattenfeldSpanier Am Schwarzen Herrgott Auslese Riesling 2017

Ok. Not sure when I’m going to even taste this the nose is so good. Crunchy confectionary sugar. Perfect apricots. 10/10 intensity. Wow.

Palate is even better. You need to close your eyes to avoid sensory overload. Perfect peaches on a summers day. Dense but notthick. So bright. Not at all cloying.

This has the density and flavor profile of great auslese but it tastes more like wine if that makes any sense. Not thick. Not cloying. Not unctuous. It just is what it is and that is is amazing.

The flavor profile is what you’d expect. But what makes this special is it’s so clean and precise.

The finish is even better than a perfect peach. A perfect peach is too acidic and tooth scraping. This is just a hair shy of that level of acidity. You get that perfect fruit acid balance without the tooth pain.

A masterpiece.
— 3 days ago

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Juliane Eller

Juwel Frühmesse Riesling 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Brilliant nose. Impossibly complex as like a potpourri painted by Seurat. Honeyed. Citrus. Herbal. Savory. Gorgeous. So complete and enveloping. Just an amazing nose. Nuanced and detailed. Complex and juicy with unreal fruit and this lovely vinous extra special bitter thing happening. So savory on the finish. Almost like a foie terrine. Long and so balanced with outrageous purity. Really a nice contrast between lean minerals and ripe citrus and apricot fruit. Awesome wine. — 15 days ago

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Juliane Eller

Juwel Grauburgunder 2018

Lyle Fass
9.1

Big stone fruits and huge minerals on the nose. Also a lovely hint of sponti. Juicy and so well made. Stunning balance and texture. So clean. Echoing depth here on this Gutsweine. Terrific. Such a lovely expression of Pinot Gris in a racy style. Great finish. — 15 days ago

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Später-Veit

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese "Jupp" Riesling 2018

Lyle Fass
9.6

One of the best bottlings from this hallowed ground. Stunning nose. Layered and complex. Slate, apricot, peach, lime blossom, lemon, but sweet lemons. Huge herbal streak as well. Wow oh wow oh wow. Just a stinking insane nose. Palate is decadent and ripe but has insane freshness and the acidity is intense on the finish and mid but never intrusive. Sweet peaches and and candied lemons abound. So decadent but so balanced and ripe. Amazing stuff. Concentrated and super explosive. Amazing wine. A baby now but accessible. Stunningly long finish. So so elegant. This is a brilliant Spatlese. Holy smokes. — 4 days ago

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Weingut Josef Walter

"J" Centgrafenberg Trocken Spätburgunder 2014

Lyle Fass
9.4

2014 is gorgeous at Walter. A cooler vintage you really get a sense of the Centrgrafenberg right out of the gates. Citrus peel, decaying yet fresh leaves. Fresh decaying leaves? Mid season cherries that are cracking. Huge cherry perfume. Wow. Gorgeous minerality that bisects the fruit perfectly. Such a great nose. Classic Walter and classic Centrgrafenberg. Hints of licorice and confectionary aromas abound. Palate starts off tight as a drum but boy is it all there. It’s got length, freshness, a great core of fruit, incredible length and just so complete. Yes it’s 96% closed off the bat but seeing the forest through the trees it is all there. Will be back once it opens more.

Now the fruit is starting to happen on the palate. Juicy, lean, intense with small berry intensity like nothing else. Such presence and incredibly ripe yet stoney tannins. So so so long. This is so so good. Nose is super perfumed now. Superb structure. Sappy.
— 5 days ago

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Juliane Eller

Juwel Weissburgunder 2018

Lyle Fass
9.1

Lovely classic nose of pear, apple, spice and intense minerality. Very wafting nose. Juicy, deep and ripe with lovely clarity and richness along with juxtaposing freshness. Great mouthfeel. These 18 Juwel Gutsweines are great wine and insane values. Why do people drink Chardonnay at this price point? Under $20. — 15 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Probstey Riesling 2018

Lyle Fass
9.5

The latest version of the great Probstey “GG” Riesling. Amazing nose that shows the warmness of the site along with the intensity of the minerality. Gorgeous citrus, so detailed, almost citrus jelly, but dry, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, gorgeous deep minerality backing it all up. Floral as well as it aerates. Palate is unreal. Deep and elegant with lovely ample mouthfeel and such great complexity already. Such balance and elegance. This is the most elegant Probstey ever. Wow. What a huge leap for this bottling. Concentrated and deep. Juicy and with young taut fruit but such intense energy and freshness. So linear and has great power and concentration but finishes with such brilliant finesse. This is top stuff. — 2 days ago

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Weingut Josef Walter

Centgrafenberg Frühburgunder "J" Trocken 2014

Lyle Fass
9.4

Gorgeous nose. I adore Frühburgunder. Adore it. Unreal classic intense Früh spice. Just penetrating your nose like nothing else. Violets and ripe mid season cherries. Wow. Dead decaying leaves that smell so good. Best decayed leaves you’ll ever smell. I have also smelled many decaying leaves in my lifetime. Amazing nose. Just sick. Palate is ripe and rounder the the Spätburgunder “J” with exquisite fruit and powerful concentration. Huge tiny berry fruit intensity and so so detailed and nimble. Ripe and stoney tannins and unreal persistence. Outrageous and most people would say closed. But it’s all there. My god this is insane. Fresh and so intense. The spice on the nose is at Dune levels after 10 minutes. Perfume of the gods. Amazing inner mouth florals and such painfully intense sweetness. Young and raw but my god there is so much material here and the wine does not quit on the finish. This is a 20 year Frühburgunder.

After air. Wow. Epic spice bomb of the gods nose. Just pure perfume now. Palate is getting melty and more opulent. The precision is unreal on this but still after 25 minutes this seems like it will need 2 hours to open up. I’ll be back.
— 5 days ago

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