2012 Schafer-Frohlich Felseneck Spatlese - "A beautiful wine"

Posted by Joe Salamone

"An Outstanding Vintage."
2012 Schäfer-Fröhlich
Felseneck Spätlese
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"Outstanding length and grip on the pure and dancing finish. A beautiful wine." -John Gilman

Tim Fröhlich is without a doubt one of the most skillful and dedicated winemakers in Germany.

Regardless of the vintage, his wines have just kept on getting better. This is again the story in 2012. After two challenging vintages, Tim has found a vintage to really sink his teeth into in 2012.

To state plainly and right at the start, the 2012 vintage in Germany is something to be excited about and to follow closely.

To situate the 2012 vintage, Gilman's notes on Tim's Spät provide a perfect jumping off point - "length, grip, pure, dancing, etc." 2012 is a really impressive package: there's really good acidity, good concentration and a firm, clear minerality. Think of the 2008 vintage on a larger and riper scale with more integrated acidity.

Terry Theise sums up the vintage well when he writes, "It's loaded."

Felseneck Vineyard

Theise is known for being a straight-shooter and it shouldn't be taken lightly when he writes, "you're going to have to call this an outstanding vintage."

I personally have really high hopes for the vintage. The wines are more than a touch shy right now and in all likelihood they will evolve into something even more impressive. We may very well be looking at one of the best vintages of the past decade.

To return to Schäfer-Fröhlich, the signature here is force and intensity with agility. This really becomes clear in the 2012 vintage. His 2012 Spätlese boasts a kaleidoscopic mid-palate that's presented with nearly painful precision and concentration and then, tapers finely to a finish of shimmering length.

Schäfer-Fröhlich has stylistic breadth that few German wineries can equal: a paradox of power and transparency, with an almost cloudlike lightness of being.

For Schäfer-Fröhlich fans and fans of Riesling in general, this is not to be missed.

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Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2012 Schäfer-Fröhlich Felseneck Spätlese