2015 Hild Elbling TrockenSylvaner from Germany
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" Distributor's notes Even at its best, Elbling is not a grape of “greatness” as much as it is a grape of refreshment and honestly and conviviality. The comparisons are plen...
" Distributor's notes Even at its best, Elbling is not a grape of “greatness” as much as it is a grape of refreshment and honestly and conviviality. The comparisons are plenty, though none of them are quite right: If Riesling is Pinot Noir, then Elbling is Gamay. If Riesling is Sauvignon Blanc, then Elbling is Muscadet. You get the idea. The joy of Elbling is the uncompromising vigor and energy, the raucous and super-chalky acidity. Matthias Hild, who farms about five hectares in the sleepy town of Wincherin, told me that back in the 1980s, when he’d have an Elbling clock in at less than 8.5 grams acid, he’d taste it and question if it was Elbling at all. Which is sort of like saying you’re not sure the music is loud enough because your ears aren’t bleeding Hild's "regular" Elbling is just about one of the best Elblings from the Upper Mosel - it is direct and fine, with such a toothsome bite, a jamboree-palate of lemon pith and herbs that is both coating and saturating. There is lift here, serious lift, serious acidity, a tartness that pulls the mouth into all sorts of joyous contortions. This is so much fun and if it weren't for the density on the palate, the extract, you'd think this was only a joy to drink - that it was only the first bottle on the table always empty. It's more." Winery