2019 Schaefer, Willi Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Grosse Lage
Item No. 16144
About This WineThe 2019 Himmelreich Grosse Lage is absolutely gorgeous. It boasts outrageous clarity with an intense yet ultra-fine expression Probably the easiest way to think about the 2019 Grosse Lage bottling is a sort of Grosses Gewächs that didn't find its way to dryness. The 2019 GL is ever so slightly off-dry.
photo of the featured wine estate's sign As fans of Schaefer know well, they let the vintage determine what wines they make. If the vintage doesn't lend itself to Kabinett or Auslese, so be it. They produce a lot less. The top drier wines are dramatic examples of this. For example, there wasn't any GG from 2012 to 2018.
In the 2019, it's very easy to have the impression that the wine found its balance just past dryness. The small dose of sweetness harmonizes the wine and adds a touch more complexity. It has an incredible snap and impact. The overall calibration seems spot on. There are notes of peaches, stone fruits, spice, and tons of slate-y minerality.
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