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2013 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs

Riesling

  • Germany
  • Nahe

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  • br_winelover Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 23, 2017 - This was bought soon after I visited S-F in Bockenau. I was really impressed with their 2014 Felseneck during my tasting there, but it was not available for sale (GGs only sell after September 1), so I got a 2013 instead.

    And I have no doubt that this one is the better of the two, and much better than the S-F 2011 Felseneck I had a few years ago. Although I had in mind that I was going to give it some air, it really didn't need it, so I consumed it in short order.

    And the name of the game here is precision. This is a swiss watch. Lots and lots of minerality both on the nose and on the palate, and not a lot of fruit, as I expected from this house. But the fruit available was as tasty as you'd find in a Riesling - mainly green apple, but other tropical fruits like passion added good complexity. It's not that powerful - it's more like intense and refreshing, with an amazing persistence at the end.

    M_Arcon and Ebrim had already described this bottle as well as one can do, and I do agree that this wine is brilliant. Gault&Millau rated it a 95-point wine, and I fully concur! A beauty.

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3 Comments

  • fc1910 commented:

    10/2/17, 10:45 AM - Hi GFB,
    a very descriptive and therefore helpful TN!
    I think we will have to wait some more time to realize which of this mentioned vintages of the Felseneck will turn out to be the "best" GG.

    For me it is always a question of style. The 2011 is more voluptious in fruit and body than 2013/14.
    At the moment I am not quite sure if there is a great difference between the style of these two vintages.
    But you are very right to name this style precision!

    You will read my view on this wines here on CT in some time.
    Cheers from Hamburg

  • br_winelover commented:

    10/3/17, 6:08 PM - I agree there is very little difference between the '13 and the '14 Felseneck, but still the former seems to be a bit more precise and longer. Of course both are too young, and a definite judgment will have to wait at least ten years. But I'd drink any of these two anywhere and anytime - they are both delicious already.

  • fc1910 commented:

    10/5/17, 10:19 AM - Hi again GFB,
    I totally agree to your statement!
    And I like to broaden this: I will drink any vintage of S-F I will find elsewhere in shops or restaurants anytime, not just 2013/14! All of these bottles are despite of vintage differences top notch Riesling GG!
    Cheers from origin

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