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A.J. Adam Riesling Trocken

Vineyard – Location

The Grand Cru Hofberg is one of the greatest Mosel vineyards. In 1868 the vineyards of this hill were classified by the Prussian as an extraordinary place to make great Rieslings. The main part of the vineyards in our region are situated on the Mosel river. But not the Hofberg. It`s a lovely quiet side-valley on the Dhron river with weathered Devonian slate in mixture with quartzite. Riesling vines are today 30 to 65 years old and some are still ungrafted.
A perfect place to vinify remarkable wines. Even though young, the wines often show a striking exotic fruit, subtle spice, wild slate aromas and a finesse of acidity.

Winemaking Notes

This dry village wine is from the middle area of our site Hofberg. Round about 40 year old vines get picked in mid-October. After a gentle pressing and settling, the juice ferments in Fuder barrels and stainless steel tanks (50-50).

Tasting Notes

For us, this wine is like a small Grand Cru with a little less power and deepness but still appears as a rich and delicately cerebral Riesling. The aftertaste of Dhroner trocken is long-lasting and quite smoky.

A joyful nose of yellow peach, smoke and mint leads to a wine packed with flavors on the palate. While endowed with impeccable density and complexity, this dry Riesling lives from its finesse and slightly creamy texture. – Mosel Fine Wines by Jean Fish and David Rayer

Varietal: 100 % Riesling

Appellation: Dhroner Hofberg

Region: Mosel

Age of the vines: 35 – 40 years

Alcohol: 11 %

T.A.: 7,9 g/l

Sugar: 8,3 g/l

Oechsle at harvest: 94°

Harvest time: mid- October

Aging: wooden barrel and stainless steel

Bottling: in April 2016

Farming Practice:

Tasting Notes

Now at the village level, we see more roundness and also the influence of Fuder; wonderful focused length, again perfect balance, showing more ore from the Zalto and more fruit, structure and harmony from the tulip—this is a place where I taste parallels from two different stems, in my unending quest to demonstrate the appalling unsuitability of the Zalto for most wines I taste from it. The wine is superb in its echelon. — Terry Theise

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Press & Reviews



Vinous Media

January 2018
“There isn’t much [village-level] Dhroner this year,” explains Adam, “because some of these vines were in bad shape” after trying to fight off peronospora incursions from neighbors’ parcels. As with this year’s generic bottling, residual sugar near the upper end of what is permitted for legal Trockenheit supports the succulent fruit while engendering no impression of outright sweetness; but an older age of vines and 50% share of cask make themselves felt here in greater richness and an almost creamy palate impression. Persian and muskmelons mingle with winter squash on the nose, reconvening for a luscious, subtly musky and earthy palate performance, but – again as in the corresponding Gutsriesling – an influx of citrus lends welcome brightness, guaranteeing that the buoyant, generously juicy finish delivers ample refreshment. Neither does this want for appropriately stony underpinnings or a saliva-liberating hint of salinity.