Quite a full straw yellow colour; on the nose the wine is starting to open up, above all there is this deep and spicy, almost saline minerality, but also a sense of the rich and succulent fruit that is lurking underneath, and some Alpine flowers, great depth; the full-bodied (13.5% ABV) and concentrated palate is heavily laden with ripe fruit, but the firm acidity carries it without any effort, the residual sugar is perfectly integrated, the grapefruit bitters provide delicious grip; complete and resonant finish, excellent length. A Schlossberg monument, gradually evolving into a real beauty. I asked Josi Leitz what he thought of the ageing potential of this wine and he said 20-25 years at least. So drink now - 2030+.
TA 8.5 gr/l, RS 9.8 gr/l. Magical wine. Totally embryonic, very attractive already but not easy to understand and will need years to reveal its as yet unfathomable depths. Succulent, immensely concentrated, intensely mineral. A masterpiece.
2010 Tasting @ Josef Leitz Winery: popped and poured. typical light straw color. nose shows intense minerality and fruit, and this carries through on the palate. this has a long very balanced finish showing the perfect amount of acid. delicious. Evidently Leitz has changed designations this vintage from Alte Reben to Ehrenfels so I have corrected my note.
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(Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling "Ehrenfels") ($55.00) This seems a little sweeter and also a little more tart; it’s certainly more emphatically mineral, with a pinch of acidity but it shows as a jalapeño jab rather than a tooth-clenching sharpness, all riding over a wave of sweet hay, lees and casky umami. Fascinating embryo here; can’t wait to see what happens.
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