A Force of Mineral:
2015 Lauer Unterstenberg

Posted by Joe Salamone

Lauer's meteoric rise among the greats of Germany, along with the fevered reactions to the 2015 vintage, have resulted in what is likely the earliest ever sell-out at the estate.

If you want to have some "Grand Cru" Lauer in your cellar, especially in this vintage, do not delay.

It's in this context that we are thrilled to present a small parcel of one of the most iconic wines of the estate: the 2015 Unterstenberg. (This also represents our first "Grand Cru" single-vineyard release from Lauer.)

Unterstenberg is one of Lauer's most important vineyards; it is unquestionably his deepest, most masculine, and most powerfully mineral wine.

For those of you who know and love the "Senior," the 2015 Unterstenberg is like "Senior" with broader shoulders, wielding a sledgehammer of minerality. In fact, while Unterstenberg can often be a bit more off-dry than Senior, in 2015 the Unterstenberg is nearly dry, offering the wine sharper angles, and perhaps more definition and force than any U-berg of recent recollection.

This is a Riesling tour-de-force and a wine that should not be missed by the rock heads and mineral freaks. It's bright, transparent, nimble and finessed. The 2015 Unterstenberg is intense, carrying a serious palate presence saturated in slate with citrus, spice and stone fruits.

The wine is sold out at the estate and while we may have a few tricks up our sleeve, you're not going to see much more of Lauer's 2015s.

The wines are just so good, they're gone. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2015 Lauer Unterstenberg

Mosel Fine Wines: "This offers ample and inviting scents of kumquat, grapefruit, yellow peach and dried herbs on the nose. The wine is smooth and elegant on the palate, where more minerals blend beautifully well into yellow fruits and herbs. The finish is smooth and intense without ever being over-powering. This hugely gains from airing as it sheds its initial touch of CO2 and gains in complexity and finesse by the day, even after 10 days. This is a little masterpiece of delicately off-dry Riesling, and it is worth waiting for its maturity window. 2022-2030"