Planted in 1900, the Magnum Opus:
2017 Stein Alfer Hölle 1900

Posted by Joe Salamone

Ever since the first vintage in 2011, Alfer Hölle 1900 has become one of our favorite Rieslings.

We have not met another winemaker in the Mosel with Ulli Stein's knowledge, passion, boundless energy and devotion to the region's forgotten vineyards. The Alfer Hölle 1900 is a monument to his efforts.

Unfortunately, in any given vintage, Stein produces 400-500 liters of this wine. We strongly advise that you jump on this.

There are a mere 3ha of vines planted in 1900 or earlier in the entire Mosel, so Stein's parcel is very special. The story goes that a winemaker who wasn't much more than an acquaintance of Stein's passed away. Before his death, he told his wife that he wanted Ulli to work the 1900 vineyard and arrangements were made for the sale.

Last year, we had two opportunities to taste the 2011-2015 and it cemented just how special this wine is. The 2017 is a beautiful example of the wine flaunting a salt-y and very slate-y minerality with tons of finesse. As always, the wine is dense with haunting, nuanced complexity. However, what always stands out about the wine is its delicacy. The 2017 really highlights this.

It's always a pleasure to offer Stein's wines, but having a parcel of the 1900 is especially exciting. Stein makes some of the most soulful and intricate Rieslings that we know of.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits