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2016 Tesch Karthauser RieslingRiesling from Germany

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"Martin Tesch remains a reliable producer of excellent Rieslings even in difficult vintages like 2016. At the end of August, when the berries still looked like green peas, Tesc...

  • 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 92 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Expertly packed with a slew of mineral and leesy character. The combination of youthfulness and raciness is like it tightly wound Breguet pocket watch. Better from 2018, but with the structure and length to gain for many another five years in bottle and live for a lot longer than that. Screw cap."

92 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"From a warm, early ripening terroir on the weathered sandstone soils of the Rotliegend period, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Laubenheimer Karthäuser Trocken intermixes tropical fruit aromas with precise mineral and herbal aromas on the bright, fine and multilayered nose—fascinating! On the palate, this is a highly finessed and elegant Riesling: dry, pure and salty-mineral, with very delicate acidity and lingering salinity. Great class. The wine is widening on the palate, conquering the whole mouth with gorgeous fruit juice that is not just lush and intense but also pure, fresh and mineral, with gooseberry flavors, great finesse and tension. The 2016 is one of the finest Karthäuser Rieslings from Martin Tesch that I can remember. A highly elegant and complex Riesling with a fine but tight structure and a pure, long and stimulatingly salty finish."

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"Martin Tesch remains a reliable producer of excellent Rieslings even in difficult vintages like 2016. At the end of August, when the berries still looked like green peas, Tesch feared the grapes would never become fully ripe. But then September and October were warm and dry and finally caused a "Blitzreife" (a very quick ripening over just a few days). The harvest in Langenlonsheim and Laubenheim started in mid-October and finished in early November. However, the yields were very low, and Tesch harvested "30% to 40% less grapes than 2015." The must weights were more or less the same, though, and led to clear, bright, elegant and juicy wines with 12.5% alcohol. The acidity levels are very good and give racy cool-climate Rieslings that will benefit from further bottle aging. I cannot remember having tasted Tesch's Rieslings in such an embryonal stage, even though I haven't tasted them that late before—it's already January... To get a good impression of Tesch's 2016s, just taste the Riesling "Unplugged," which was bottled drier than ever before (just two grams of residual sugar) and with a pronounced total acidity of 7.6 grams per liter. In case you can stand it, you'll be ready to appreciate the single-vineyard Rieslings as well, which are honest representatives of their particular origins. If you don't like Riesling: Tesch's "Deep Blue"—a Pinot Noir fermented to something between white and pink—is one of the most successful wines in the US because it's not just delicious but also a great wine with food, such as white meat or fish." -Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Product Detail

Item # 120618
Country Germany
Region Nahe
Sub-Region Nahe Riesling
Ratings

93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

92 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color White
ABV 12.5%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach