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2020 Dr Loosen Riesling "Red Slate"

Dr. Loosen 2020 Red Slate Riesling

Winery: Dr Loosen

Vintage: 2020

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Slate"

Wine Category: Riesling

Grape blend: 100% Riesling

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Mosel Saar Ruwer

State or country: Germany

Price: $18

Cases produced: 8,000

KWG Score: 87.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: October 1, 2022

Wine Review: This almost clear to pale straw-colored Riesling initially displays a few bubbles in the glass. It opens with a Vaseline and gentle apricot bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, round and fresh. The flavor profile is a crushed stone minerality and saline blend with notes of lime and yellow grapefruit. I also detected some hints of nectarine pit. The finish is dry, and its flavors and acidity linger for a while. I would pair this dry-styled Riesling with oysters. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: When describing the 2020 vintage overall, Erni concludes that "the 2020 vintage should be a showcase for the typical mineral structure of Mosel Riesling". This dry Riesling from the 2020 vintage is produced with fruit from estate-owned vineyards in the red slate soils found in the contiguous Middle Mosel villages of Ürzig, Erden, Lösnich and Kinheim. Following the traditional methods of Ernst Loosen's great-grandfather, Peter Loosen, this wine is fermented in 3,000-liter, neutral oak casks and kept on the full lees for 12 months. The extended lees contact stabilizes the wine naturally and gives it time to develop a harmonious balance. The result is a well-balanced dry Riesling showing off its distinct and forceful minerality.

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