2019 Lauer Riesling Unterstenbersch Fass 12
Distict / Appellation: Saar
Item No. 15735
About This WineFor one of the most celebrated vintages of the last 20 years, Lauer's Grand Cru "Unterstenberg" did something it has never done before...
...it fermented basically dry.
Always a powerful wine, for 2019 Lauer's Unterstenberg is not only layered and complex, but it flaunts an uncommon and truly unprecedented structure.
Lauer is famous for his naturally fermented wines and part of the thrill is allowing the wine to find its own inherent balance. Thus, Unterstenberg has in certain years been quite off-dry. While it's been drier in the last two vintages, for 2019 we have the driest, most vibrant Unterstenberg.
For wine lovers that get a thrill from the screaming mineral and whiplash acids of the Saar, this is perhaps the most exciting Unterstenberg ever. Already sold out at the estate, our parcel will sell out quickly at $41.95 and $37.95 on 4-packs.
Mosel Fine Wine's review hints at the force of this wine, writing that the wine has "a powerful and persistent feel of wet stones...on the long and assertive finish. The aftertaste is gorgeously lifted."
The Unterstenberg is from a lower part of Lauer's Grand Cru Kupp, at the bottom of the mountain. It is a warmer, more protected site that produces a profoundly mineral and broad-shouldered wine. While it always shows a brilliant, driving minerality that's beautifully lifted, in 2019 the wine is simply angelic, soaring in a manner not unlike its sibling up the hill, the Stirn.
Lauer has become one of the most famous winemakers in Germany. There is good reason for this: The wines are layered and multidimensional in a way that few are. They are saturating, yet feel weightless.
If you have had a Lauer Riesling, then you know. But if you have not, we strongly urge you, in this vintage especially, to try. But do so quickly, as we don't expect these bottles to be available for long.
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