1999 Schmitt Wagner Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Auslese
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"This is a SLEEPER agency, an unsung hero in my portfolio. Spicy-grassy wines ideally suited to the last few vintages. 105-year old ungrafted vines - some SIX THOUSAND OF THEM....
"This is a SLEEPER agency, an unsung hero in my portfolio. Spicy-grassy wines ideally suited to the last few vintages. 105-year old ungrafted vines - some SIX THOUSAND OF THEM. Makes among the two or three best Kabinetts along the Mosel. This is an old-fashioned winery and so the wines are individuals with all that implies. If I taste across the range I find a certain clarity and purity in every wine, as well as a keen spiciness I assume comes from the soil. Certain casks are cranky like certain folks are cranky, but many casks are miraculous, they hum and glow with vitality, they speak the plain truth of the land with the clearest possible voice. At their best they stand easily with the VERY best anywhere on the Mosel. It was Schmitt who kicked off this year's catalogue, and I like the symmetry of seeing him near the end again. He's a vigorous man who has lived his life in wine. Each wine is an aspect of his story. When he brings the old ones out to share with us, he is saying 'this is how I have lived.'" -Importer