Germany, Riesling, Urban Riesling, Nik Weis Selection, Mosel, 2015


N/ The vaseline/petrol power is just right – lets you know what grape you are quaffing and tickles the nose. Flower power here. Citrus, chamomile, and crushed granite. Very nice smoky notes also telling you that there is a Mosel riesling in your glass.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Citrus, tart green apples, and a hint of goosberries delight. Flower flavors and bleached hay notes. Clean mineral and rock/flinty flavors.

Very light residual sugar on her close, noting cloying about it, simply delicious.

My personal taste yearns for a bit more acid and less to no residual sugar, but even I dug the light sweetness here.

Solid work, particularly for $15.

Winemaker = Nik Weis

Price = $15

N = A-
T = A-
I = B+
Overall = A-

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“Urban Riesling is a 100% Mosel Riesling from vineyards around the town of Mehring. Here Riesling vines enjoy ideal conditions on steep slopes creating a perfect angle to the sun’s rays. Soil consists of beautiful blue, highly decomposed slate rocks that give the wines their great minerality, creating an appealing, somewhat salty finish. Temperatures vary from warm during the day to cool at night, facilitating elegance and a fruity acidity that produces a wide range of beautiful flavors.

“True to the Mosel and the way my forefathers have worked, vinification is minimal. We do not de-stem; we conduct a slight maceration of grapes, gentle pressing and gravity-fed sedimentation. The only modern improvement is fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. We do not inoculate any cultured yeast. It is the indigenous yeast fermentation that gives complexity and character to this wine. In order not to lose any flavors, we do a very gentle filtration.”

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