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1976 Staatsweinguter Eltville Eltville Steinberger Spatlese

750 ml


Type: Still

Country: Germany

Region: Rheingau

Item No. 6u083

About This Wine

You will see these labels very often when looking through old cellars: the eagle is the symbol of the "state wineries" and have no doubt, they were among the most highly-regarded wines in Germany. Indeed Hugh Johnson called them the "biggest and perhaps most prestigous domain in Germany." At one time it was made up of seven separate estates (all regionally based, so there is a Staatsweinguter of the Rheingau, of the Mosel, etc.) and the quality couldn't have been hurt by the fact that the entire operation was run by Dr. Hans Ambrosi, "one of Germany's best-known authors and enthusiasts." Writing in 1986, Johnson continues with effusive praise and a bit of foreshadowing about the turn these large estates would take with technology overtaking human experience and the human touch over the course of the next 40 years: "The Domain is immensely impressive and impeccably run, and must be counted as one of the greatest wine estates on Earth...[yet] critics no longer find the wines inspiring as they were. Steinberger should be the Rheingau's greatest wine: a model of Riesling at its most elegant, elusive, thought-provoking... Could it be that modern controls give the cellar-master too many decisions to make?" Still, the wines from the post-war period, from the 1960s through the 1970s are simply benchmark German wines.

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