It is a vintage utterly perfect for the ruthlessly traditional style of this estate. We have a young grower taking over his family's winery and coming into the heights of his powers at exactly the right moment.
"The 2017 collection by Willi Schaefer is awe-inspiring and possibly the finest ever" - 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10
Time has only reinforced the quote from Mosel Fine Wines above.
Schaefer has been on a tear in recent years. Even in this context, the 2017s seem special. We recently opened a bottle of the Domprobst Spätlese #10, and it was stunning.
The Mosel's Finest, 118 Years of History: Stein “1900”
Stein's 1900 is one of the greatest wines of the Mosel, and no one really knows about it.
This is a wine we’ve obsessed over, coveted and collected since the first vintage (2011). It’s a wine we’ve quietly introduced to a few collectors and fanatics, to near-universal amazement.
"This is a superb effort and one of the best Scharzhofberger Kabinett we have ever tasted." - 2015 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett Alte Reben Auction
Müller's 2015s seem poised to become absolute legends.
Egon Müller compares his 2015s to his 1990s, which are amazing wines - some of the best of the past few decades.
We're excited to offer one of the greatest wines of Müller's 2015 collection, Scharzhofberger Kabinett Alte Reben Auction.
The Saar’s New Destiny? Dry Grand Cru Riesling: 2018 Lauer GGs: Kupp & Feils
“We have never tasted so many great dry Mosel Rieslings in any previous vintage.” –Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines
2018 was widely reported as one of the warmest vintages on record, and while in some places this may have been a liability, in the extreme cool-climate vineyards of the Mosel, this warmth served to polish the rather extreme acids that sometimes make the dry wines from this region, well, a bit harsh.
Simply put, Weiser-Künstler is making some of the greatest wines in Germany.
It's clear both in how people speak of the estate and in the wines themselves that Weiser-Künstler is doing everything right. They are shimmeringly clear and featherweight wines that shock you with their minerality, precision, and overall composition.
"Andreas and Barbara Adam really nailed the 2018 vintage." - 2018 Adam Dhron In der Sängerei
In 2018, Adam turned out one of his most impressive collections of the past decade.
They represent one of the high notes of the 2018 vintage.
You would be hard-pressed to find a set of wines that possess as much verve and finely etched minerality.
Planted in 1900, the Magnum Opus: 2017 Stein Alfer Hölle 1900
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.
Last week, we offered Egon Müller's Auslese. We couldn't resist offering one more of Müller's wines before the week ended.
As we said in the Auslese offering, for us, Müller makes some of the greatest wines in the world.
"The 2017 collection by Willi Schaefer is awe-inspiring and possibly the finest ever" - 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #5
We'll keep this brief.
Willi Schaefer is one of the most beloved producers in all of Germany. The 2017s are simply stunning and their production was down 50%. For a small estate where demand very often outstrips supply, this is an ugly combination.
"This is plain gorgeous" Revisited - 2016 Lauer Unterstenberg
Along with people like Keller and Willi Schaefer, Lauer turned out a stunning cast of 2016s.
When it comes to Unterstenberg, Lauer nailed it in a way that we haven't seen before. This may be the most precise and multidimensional version of the wine that we've tasted.