Weingut Ewald Gruber

Mühlberg Grüner Veltliner 2018

FANTASTIC Gruner. Round, complex, lightly tropical fruit with perfect acidity. More complex than the average gruner we’re drinking mid week. $30 from Total Wines - will def buy again — 6 months ago

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Weingut Hexamer

"Porphyr" Nahe Riesling 2017

Delectable Wine

Smoky struck flint wreaths, white peach, fig and lime on the nose. The palate impression is glossy and lusciously-fruited, with a bittersweet, crunchy hint of cassis berries adding to its appeal. The residual sugar is supportive, yet not perceived as outright sweetness. Hints of smoke persist intriguingly in a lingering finish. This lovely example of “hidden sweetness” in Riesling – coincidentally harboring the same 17 grams of residual sugar as its vintage 2016 predecessor – weighs in at slightly higher alcohol (exactly 12%) but preserves a nice sense of lift to accompany its animating juiciness. The source this year is half from Hexamer’s Schlossböckelheimer In den Felsen and half from a nearly adjacent portion of Schlossböckelheimer Mühlberg owned by a semi-retired grower whom Hexamer says farms conscientiously and is proud of the grapes he sells. (David Schildknecht, Vinous, April 2019) — 2 years ago