Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese 2016
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|Region||Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Brauneberg|
The Juffer vineyard surrounds the smaller Juffer Sonnenuhr on three sides, extending both upstream and downstream, as well as above the sundial. This vineyard produces lighter, more delicate wines than the warmer, riper Sonnenuhr. The late-picked Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese has fine, forceful fruit in the aroma, a linear focus on the palate and a pure slate finish.
A great choice for spicy dishes with fresh flavors and a lively sweet/tart balance.
The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese is very clear and nicely reductive on the flinty and limey nose. Lush, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a beautifully mineral and complex Sonnenuhr with a long and intensely aromatic but always refined and refreshing mineral finish. This is a fabulous Spätlese from the Juffer. Tasted March 2018
This evinces a cooler, decidedly less tropical personality than a number of other Haag 2016s. Pear, quince and honeydew melon are infused with green herbs on an effusive nose and a silken, subtly creamy yet infectiously juicy palate. Bittersweet inner-mouth perfume adds to the allure of an impeccably balanced Riesling whose sweetness (even at nearly 70 grams of residual sugar) I didn’t even think about while luxuriating in the entire performance. This clings caressingly yet refreshingly, with delightful lift, luscious fruitiness and transparency to stony and floral nuances.
Intense aromas of dusty slate and flint show prominently but there's also plenty of ripe, penetrating yellow-peach and nectarine flavors waiting to burst through. High toned acidity and a fine, filigreed texture mark the midpalate. It's a complex, faceted wine that should meld further from 2021–2030.
Concentrated flavors of orchard and stone fruit mingle in this light and graceful style. Abundant acidity keeps this fresh and delivers a long finish that is marked by notes of sage and slate. Drink now through 2029. 450 cases made.