Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 2020
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Schaefer amateurs will know #10 as the firm, stony one. This wine is like slate under a microscope, each fleck and sleeve and crease is visible. A subtle nuttiness emerges, but this wine is twitching with jittery intensity, and carries a high note of ginger.
Mind-blowing nose of cassis and forest berries with white flowers and a hint of cedar. Staggering depth, packed into a very sleek silhouette, but the brilliant acidity and enormous wet-stone freshness are even more astonishing, because they completely distract you from the natural grape sweetness for a long while. So enjoyable now, but with such a great future ahead of it. Drink or hold.
Willi Schaefer's 2020 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 is deep, fine and complex on the still reductive yet clear, dense and elegant nose. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a very fine and finely concentrated, intense and persistent Domprobst with sustainable juicy fruit and stimulating grip. This is a mouthful of great Mosel Spätlese from one of the region's finest producers. 7.5% alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021. 2020 is another excellent vintage for the Schaefer family. Although only one Auslese has been produced and no higher predicate, 2020 is a great vintage in terms of quality, even though the Schaefers "had to deal with conditions" they "have never had before." However, this "very exceptional year" has brought an impressive range of stimulating Kabinett and gorgeous Spätlese Rieslings.