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Fio Riesling Falkenberg 2016 750ml

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750ml
country
Germany
VM
92
WA
91
VM
92
Rated 92 by Vinous Media
This is even lower in alcohol (at 11%), and spent three months longer in fuder (for a total of 18) than its 2017 counterpart tasted and reviewed alongside. Kettern and Niepoort reported that it went through a stinky phase in cask during which it was hung up with considerable residual sugar, before fermentation eventually reactivated and the nose cleared up. That turbulent upbringing has certainly not left any signs of trauma in the finished wine. To scents of sea breeze and crushed stone are added intriguing intimations of moss and iodine, all of this accompanied by hints of pit-inflected white peach as well as bright, zesty lemon and grapefruit typical of the site. The feel is glossy but the midpalate positively reflects the wine’s low-alcohol levity. The mouthwatering finish, stimulatingly bright and tangy to the point of tugging at one’s cheeks, is strikingly transparent to shimmeringly stony as well as other elusive mineral nuances. I did not have a chance to taste the inaugural 2014 Fio Falkenberg, but based on reliable reports and in conjunction with my experience of long élevage and my intuitions about this 2016, I suspect that it harbors serious further aging potential. ... More details
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Fio Riesling Falkenberg 2016 750ml

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VM
92
WA
91
VM
92
Rated 92 by Vinous Media
This is even lower in alcohol (at 11%), and spent three months longer in fuder (for a total of 18) than its 2017 counterpart tasted and reviewed alongside. Kettern and Niepoort reported that it went through a stinky phase in cask during which it was hung up with considerable residual sugar, before fermentation eventually reactivated and the nose cleared up. That turbulent upbringing has certainly not left any signs of trauma in the finished wine. To scents of sea breeze and crushed stone are added intriguing intimations of moss and iodine, all of this accompanied by hints of pit-inflected white peach as well as bright, zesty lemon and grapefruit typical of the site. The feel is glossy but the midpalate positively reflects the wine’s low-alcohol levity. The mouthwatering finish, stimulatingly bright and tangy to the point of tugging at one’s cheeks, is strikingly transparent to shimmeringly stony as well as other elusive mineral nuances. I did not have a chance to taste the inaugural 2014 Fio Falkenberg, but based on reliable reports and in conjunction with my experience of long élevage and my intuitions about this 2016, I suspect that it harbors serious further aging potential.
WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
From a higher, east-facing plot of the Piesporter single vineyard very stony soils with a higher proportion of quartzite, the 2016 Mosel Riesling Falkenberg has a very clear, fresh and delicately slatey nose of white ripe fruits and cold stones. Lush and piquant, with a salty freshness and remarkable finesse, this is a lithe but tensioned dry Riesling bottled with 11% alcohol. The finish is long, pure and salty, absolutely refreshing and highly delicate. Bottled in October 2017, tasted March 2018.
Winery
On Dirk’s first trip back to the Mosel in many years, Phillip and Dirk stopped for lunch at a fine restaurant. Dirk asked the proprietor for the best dry Mosel in the house. They were served a 1997 Auslese Trocken from Fritz Haag. Wilhelm Haag, the winemaker and a legend in his time was the mentor of Dirk, and this wine became the blueprint for what they wanted to create with Falkenberg. Philipp says, “After having this wine, we decided to make that kind of style of wine. We see this as a Mosel GG—we can show structure and power and viscosity with time, not alcohol. We like people thinking about this wine as a GG, but our style, without the alcohol you get from GG wines normally.” Grape: Riesling Region: Mosel Vineyard: Piesporter Falkenberg Soil: Slate Fermentation and élevage: Spontaneous fermentation in fuder; kept on the lees for 18 months, then held in bottle for at least 2 years before release Farming: Practicing Organic
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size
750ml
country
Germany
Overview
This is even lower in alcohol (at 11%), and spent three months longer in fuder (for a total of 18) than its 2017 counterpart tasted and reviewed alongside. Kettern and Niepoort reported that it went through a stinky phase in cask during which it was hung up with considerable residual sugar, before fermentation eventually reactivated and the nose cleared up. That turbulent upbringing has certainly not left any signs of trauma in the finished wine. To scents of sea breeze and crushed stone are added intriguing intimations of moss and iodine, all of this accompanied by hints of pit-inflected white peach as well as bright, zesty lemon and grapefruit typical of the site. The feel is glossy but the midpalate positively reflects the wine’s low-alcohol levity. The mouthwatering finish, stimulatingly bright and tangy to the point of tugging at one’s cheeks, is strikingly transparent to shimmeringly stony as well as other elusive mineral nuances. I did not have a chance to taste the inaugural 2014 Fio Falkenberg, but based on reliable reports and in conjunction with my experience of long élevage and my intuitions about this 2016, I suspect that it harbors serious further aging potential.
green grapes

Varietal: Riesling

Riesling grapes have produced some of the finest wines of the Old World over the past couple of centuries, and are quickly becoming much loved by New World audiences as their influence continues to spread across the globe. They are generally grown and cultivated in colder climates, as is found in their native Germany, where they have the remarkable ability to pick up and express interesting features of their terroir, or the ground on which they are grown. As such, wine enthusiasts generally find Riesling one of the more interesting white grape varietals, as they produce aromas which are highly floral and perfumed alongside both fruit flavors and refreshing notes of stone and alpine water, depending on where they have been grown. Furthermore, Riesling grapes produce a large variety of fine wines, from still to sparkling, sweet to dry, and wineries which work with this grape have long since been experimenting with both frozen and rotten grapes to find out just how versatile and exciting this varietal can be.
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Country: Germany

As in many Old World countries, the rise of viticulture in Germany came about as a result of the Roman Empire, who saw the potential for vine cultivation in the vast flatlands around the base of the Rhine valley. Indeed, for over a thousand years, Germany's wine production levels were enormous, with much of the south of the country being used more or less exclusively for growing grapes. Over time, this diminished to make way for expanding cities and other types of industries, but Southern Germany remains very much an important wine region within Europe, with many beautifully balanced and flavorful German wines being prized by locals and international wine lovers alike. The hills around Baden-Baden and Mannheim are especially noteworthy, as these produce the high end of the characteristic semi-sweet white wines which couple so perfectly with German cheeses and pickled vegetables. However, all of Germany's wine producing regions have something special and unique to offer, and are a joy to explore and experience.
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Varietal: Riesling

Riesling grapes have produced some of the finest wines of the Old World over the past couple of centuries, and are quickly becoming much loved by New World audiences as their influence continues to spread across the globe. They are generally grown and cultivated in colder climates, as is found in their native Germany, where they have the remarkable ability to pick up and express interesting features of their terroir, or the ground on which they are grown. As such, wine enthusiasts generally find Riesling one of the more interesting white grape varietals, as they produce aromas which are highly floral and perfumed alongside both fruit flavors and refreshing notes of stone and alpine water, depending on where they have been grown. Furthermore, Riesling grapes produce a large variety of fine wines, from still to sparkling, sweet to dry, and wineries which work with this grape have long since been experimenting with both frozen and rotten grapes to find out just how versatile and exciting this varietal can be.
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As in many Old World countries, the rise of viticulture in Germany came about as a result of the Roman Empire, who saw the potential for vine cultivation in the vast flatlands around the base of the Rhine valley. Indeed, for over a thousand years, Germany's wine production levels were enormous, with much of the south of the country being used more or less exclusively for growing grapes. Over time, this diminished to make way for expanding cities and other types of industries, but Southern Germany remains very much an important wine region within Europe, with many beautifully balanced and flavorful German wines being prized by locals and international wine lovers alike. The hills around Baden-Baden and Mannheim are especially noteworthy, as these produce the high end of the characteristic semi-sweet white wines which couple so perfectly with German cheeses and pickled vegetables. However, all of Germany's wine producing regions have something special and unique to offer, and are a joy to explore and experience.