2013 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Auslese Dorsheimer Goldloch, SchlossabfullungRiesling from Germany
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"The Schlossgut Diel vineyards, castle and winery are of great historical significance. The winery was purchased by the Diel family in 1802 from the Baron Dalberg, who had man...
- 93 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 Joel Payne - Vinous Media
- 92 Wine Spectator
93 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Very clear on the nose, displaying tropical fruit aromas along with spicy/coolish mineral notes, the 2013 Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Auslese is delicate and medium-bodied, well balanced, piquant but slightly sweeter than the Burgberg. This makes it more juicy and almost ready to drink. " Reviewed Jan 2015
93 Joel Payne - Vinous Media
"Golden yellow. Ripe peach, mango and hyacinth on the nose. Creamy and glossy on the palate, the apricot preserve fruit shaded by acacia honey and a sweet herbal note. Remains pure, shapely and flinty through the impressively long finish." Reviewed March 2015
92 Wine Spectator
"Balanced and concentrated, this is filled with well-structured apple, white currant and mineral flavors, supported by fresh acidity. The supple finish of melon is well-spiced and rich-tasting. Drink now through 2035. 25 cases imported." reviewed 7/31/2015
"The Schlossgut Diel vineyards, castle and winery are of great historical significance. The winery was purchased by the Diel family in 1802 from the Baron Dalberg, who had managed to prevent its confiscation by Napoleon’s troops in 1789. Today the winery is owned by prominent gourmand and wine aficionado Armin Diel, well regarded for his work to promote German wine, and whose daughter Caroline now oversees winemaking. Diel's offerings are a study in both terroir and differences in intensity achieved at various levels of ripeness. Diel is one of few who still vinifies each Grosses Gewächs site at each Pradikät.
Located in the lower Nahe on a steep south-facing slope, the 3 vineyards Goldloch, Burgberg and Pittermännchen comprise Diel's esteemed holdings and were documented as early as 1901 as producing wines of exceptional quality. With nearly thirteen acres, Schlossgut Diel is by far the largest landowner within the steep Goldloch vineyard, a vineyard of clay over bedrock, and whose name evokes miners' search for gold here in the 17th century. This site is known for producing deep, powerful wines while still maintaining elegance and finesse. Diel holds approximately half of the steep slopes of the Burgberg vineyard, named for the castle Burg Layen Its clay soil accented by slate and gravel is known for making elegant Riesling that is capable of aging. The smallest of Diel's holdings (1 hectare) are within the Pittermännchen vineyard which benefits from south-facing slopes and mineral soils of slate, quartz and gravel. The complexity of the soil lends itself to racy wines that express great minerality. Organic viticulture is practiced as much as the steep slopes permit. Fruit is either whole-cluster pressed or, if vintage necessitates, destemmed by hand so as not to break skins and warrant oxidation. Fermentation is carried out spontaneously in stuckfass, doppelstuck, and cement tanks, with small barrels used for the red wines.
The combination of great vineyard sites, dedicated vineyard management and meticulous winemaking has led the winery to receive continued acclaim. The wines scrupulously define themselves: the style changes as the vintage dictates but the wines are always clear, sophisticated, and balanced." - Importer's Notes
93 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - Joel Payne - Vinous Media
92 - Wine Spectator
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|