2015 Weingut Tesch Laubenheimer Lohrer Berg Riesling TrockenRiesling from Germany
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The Lohrer Berg in Langenlonsheim is one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Nahe. In 1688 Elector Philip William of the Palatinate ordered the planting of Riesling here to...
- 91 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Tesch's 2015 Laubenheimer Löhrer Berg Riesling Trocken is pure, intense and spicy on the nose, with a remarkable stony and flinty character underlined by lemon aromas, whereas the ripe fruit flavors are revealed only with aeration and even then they remain rather subtle. Firm, piquant and elegant on the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, finesse-full and mineral Riesling with a salty, very persistent and promising finish."
"Planted with Riesling since 1688, the Löhrer Berg (literally translated to 'blank mountain') in Langenlonsheim is one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Nahe. Numerous springs of water in combination with gravelly loamy soils make this an exceptionally fertile vineyard, whose more than 40-year-old vines give discreet but elegant, fresh, mineral and juicy Rieslings that can age very well."
Martin Tesch has some news to talk about. First, vintage 2015: "We could go the racing line that year. In the vineyards we had all the possibilities to select whatever we want and we were able to vinify however we want, with maceration times, experiments, etc. Stunningly, the drought between February 19 and September 19--not a single drop of rain felt in this period!--didn't have any bad effect on the vines. We were really surprised to learn that, analytically, the wines are like in the past years, with alcohol levels between 11.5% to 12% for the Unplugged (the classic dry Kabinett style), and 12.5 to 13% for the crus (the former Spätlese trocken)."
The "perfect conditions" of 2015 have enabled team Tesch to select two limited edition Rieslings: Sonne (sun) and Mond (moon). Both wines--handpicked and meticulously selected--have been produced only in 2011 before. Whereas Sonne represents a noble sweet Riesling Beerenauslese, Mond is the dry counterpart--an enormously elegant and salty Riesling made from extremely small and mostly seedless berries whose skins were macerated extensively. "The unequal pair is exemplary for the Janus-faced character of Riesling," says Tesch. The labels were designed by Dirk Illing (1967 – 2014), a well known graphic artist of the German Heavy Metal scene.
The Lohrer Berg in Langenlonsheim is one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Nahe. In 1688 Elector Philip William of the Palatinate ordered the planting of Riesling here to the exclusion of all other grape varieties. Numerous natural springs nourish and enhance the loamy, gravel-laden soil and help make it exceptionally fertile. The vines, in place for more than 40 years already, produce juicy and apple-laced Rieslings that often develop subtle earthy notes with a bit of age.
91 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|