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2012 Schäfer-Fröhlich Felseneck GG
Razor Sharp, Utterly Brilliant
Line up a bunch of Germany's best dry Rieslings and Schäfer-Fröhlich's will stand out.
This is especially true in the great 2012 vintage where Tim Fröhlich nailed the vintage.
The signature here is force: The presentation is painfully precise, concentrated and ends with a shimmering length.
These are extreme wines. There's no way around it. And it results in some of the most highly regarded and most popular German dry wines.
Of all of Tim's GGs, the Felseneck has everything. It's the grandest of his Grand Crus. There's a multi-dimensional complexity and crazy length. It seems to consolidate the best qualities of his other sites and take them to another level.
The 2012 Felseneck Grosses Gewächs dramatizes the total package that Felseneck delivers. It boasts a razor-sharp cut, brilliant clarity and kaleidoscopic depth of minerality. Tim Fröhlich has been on an incredible stretch going from strength-to-strength each year. The 2012 is another stunning example.
The combination of purity and concentration that the best 2012s share is on display here. The drive and the detail in the Felseneck Grosses Gewächs is awe-inspiring.
We've been excited about the 2012 vintage since we first tasted it, but as the months have passed we've only grown more impressed. 2012 is shaping up to be the best vintage that we've tasted since 2001.
Tim Fröhlich is without a doubt one of the most skillful and dedicated winemakers in Germany. He's dead serious in the vineyard about restricting yields; the same goes for the cellar. These are intense, first-class wines. The 2012 Felseneck GG represents the pinnacle of the range and shouldn't be missed.
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