The well known Dr. Loosen Estate, dating back over 200 years, is situated at Bernkastel in the heart of the Mosel river valley. Their vineyard sources include six major holdings designated “Erste Lage,” or the equivalent of grand cru, in the 1868 Prussian classification of the Mosel. Fruit not sourced from these designated single vineyards is classified as “Estate.” In 1988, Ernst “Ernie” Loosen took the helm and immediately innovated changes to give the finest possible expression of Riesling and terroir, cutting back yields, eliminating chemical fertilizers and implementing a severe selection process. The results have been dramatic and the Dr. Loosen wines are considered by many as some of the finest expressions of Riesling today.
This particular bottling, “Red Slate,” comes from steep hillside vineyards near the towns of Erden and Urzig, a short distance from Berkastal. And yes, the slate really is red due to the iron content, and this is what adds to the intriguing mineral component. Although certainly a fine wine for a fine dinner, its floral-honeyed aromatics and intense fruit is exuberantly displayed to say the least, and lends itself perfectly for an outdoor picnic. Have it with Asian dishes, sausages, pork and the swimming pool. A terrific Riesling for the price from a world class producer!
Gary M., Beltramo's Wine Consultant
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