A.J. Adam Gone Baroque: Masterpieces of 2010

Posted by CrushWine

The young A.J. Adam has quickly become one of Germany's most important growers.

Beginning with less than a hectare of land about a decade ago in the off-the-beaten-track village of Dhron, his rise has been simply meteoric.

We have been ranting about his wines since 2006; others (including the New York Times) have followed suit in the years since.

Today we present what must be considered the heart of this extreme vintage: The Spätlese, Auslese and Beerenauslese.

In this vintage, these three wines take richness and tension to a wholly new and unprecedented level: monstrous depth and concentration, kaleidoscopic citrus packed with minerals and a hammer-like acidity.

This is Riesling in ecstasy.

It is a special combination: Adam's muscular, almost Nahe-like style (the wines have a lot in common with Dönnhoff, Emrich-Schönleber and Schäfer-Fröhlich) matched to the extreme tension of the vintage and the incredibly complexity these Pradikats can achieve.

Every year it seems like the Auslesen and BAs become a bit more unfashionable and this is really a shame - these are the only wines that can really show the haunting and mysterious depths that Riesling can achieve: Honey, saffron, smoke, dark wet slate, a whole forest's worth of herbs and greens, a balancing acidity that still manages to reveal the grapes inherent elegance and finesse.

These are simply staggering wines and if the reputation of the vintage is mixed (as it should be, find my complete 2010 German vintage report here) please keep in mind that the great growers made some great (potentially very, very great) wines. Those who write off this vintage will be sorely disappointed in 10, 20 30, 40+ years.

Terry Theise may come closest to an apropos vintage note when he writes, "what's good is absurdly good... What's not good is a mess."

As we've written before in regards to Adam's 2010ers: These are in the "absurdly good" category.

These bottles are also in the "absurdly rare" category - with only 2.75 hectares, Adam's wines, even in the most generous of vintages, are in short supply. In a vintage like 2010, quantities are miniscule.

(There are only 9 of the BA magnums: 12 came into the U.S. and 3 went directly into my cellar, for my son born in 2010. These will be a rare, rare treat and should age easily for a half-century or longer.)

Therefore, please give us your maximum order and we'll do our best to allocate fairly. Please have patience with us as we allocate the orders.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Stephen Bitterolf

Wine Director

Crush Wine & Spirits

2010 A.J. Adam in Ecstacy

Adam Dhron Hofberg Spätlese

Special Email Bottle (750ml) Price: $37.95

Adam Dhron Hofberg Auslese

Special Email Half-Bottle (375ml) Price: $49.95

Adam Dhron Hofberg Beerenauslese

Special Email Magnum (1.5 L) Price: $599.95
Special Email Half-Bottle (375ml) Price: $149.95

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