Painfully Limited, Devastatingly Beautiful - 2013 Willi Schaefer Domprobst Spatlese #5

Posted by Joe Salamone

Painfully Limited, Devastatingly Beautiful
2013 Willi Schaefer
Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5

"This is a stunning collection..." -Mosel Fine Wines

Over the years, we've come to expect nothing less from the Schaefers. They are some of the most consistently stunning wines of Germany.

We've also come to expect painfully small, rapidly disappearing quantities of the wines. With only 4 ha and a huge following, Schaefer is never in good supply. As many of you can imagine, things are worse than usual in 2013 -It was the lowest crop in the estate's history, down 50% from 2012.

Willi Schaefer has always been a pillar of our German program. They are wines that we love and want to offer every vintage.

What blows us away with Schaefer's wines is how detailed, fine and graceful they are. They very well may be without peers in this respect.

You can definitely expect to find his signature in the 2013 Domprobst Spätlese.In '13, though, this bottling has a density, an extra textural dimension and a zip that we haven't seen from this bottling. The combination is truly impressive.

There's no point fanning the fire here. There is not a lot of this wine available. As always, the 2013 Spätlese #5 is simply a beautiful bottle that promises an incredible transformation in the cellar.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

John Gilman: "The 2013 Domprobst AP #5 Spätlese is also a beautiful wine in the making, delivering a deep and very pure bouquet of apple, tangerine, pear, a superb base of slate, just a hint of pineapple, incipient notes of petrol and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep,full-bodied, pure and absolutely effortless in its superb balance, with a great core of fruit, outstanding focus, vibrant acidity and excellent grip on the very, very long and youthful finish.Tuck this beautiful wine away for five years in the cellar before digging in."