2002 Riesling Spatlese
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2014
2005 Riesling Spatlese
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
San Francisco Wine Competition 2006
“Spatlese” simply means “Late Harvest.” Spatlese wines can be bone dry to very sweet. This Riesling Spatlese is what the Germans like to call fruity or slightly sweet. Since the grapes are harvest later, the flavors are more intense and riper than the St. Gabriel Riesling QbA. This Riesling has rich, flavors of green apples, peaches, pears, limes and passion fruit. The mouth-feel is fuller and more intense with excellent texture and weight.
The grapes are from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany. The steep south facing slopes and stony slate soils are ideal growing conditions for Riesling. Due to the steep slopes the vines are trained up 8 foot high wooden stakes and are harvested by hand.