Friday, October 22, 2010
Dr. Loosen, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Wehlener Sonnenhur, Riesling Auslese, 2005 (Oct. 15, 2010)
An outrageously delicious wine from the excellent 2005 vintage that is drinking very well in its youth, even if right now its sweetness makes it more of a dessert wine than an Auslese would usually be. The nose is fairly complex and deep already, with notes of candied apples, dill, ice-cold slate and incipient hints of petrol. The secret behind the aromatics of a great German Riesling isn't in the specific elements but in how they interact, and here they create a speckled matrix that is very captivating. The palate is rich, dense and long, and, while at this stage the fruit and its sweetness submerge the acidity, the overall effect is very mouth-watering, with loads of potential elegance in its future. A class act.