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A.J. Adam Goldtröpfchen Riesling [GG]

Grape: Riesling
Region: Mosel
Vineyard: Goldtröpfchen
Soil: Grey Devonian Slate
Production: Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel

Goldtröpfchen

Goldtröpfchen lies like a huge amphitheater in the outer loop of the Mosel, which flows around here Piesport. In its orientation, it stretches from southeast to south to southwest. The sunshine duration in the vineyards is long, east and west slope protect the opposite side from wind. With a slope of 30 to 70 percent, their vineyards are sometimes extremely steep. The easily warmed soil is comprised of deep, very weathered, dark Devon slate that contains quartz and minerals. In some places there is a high share of fine earth. The site generally has good available water capacity.

The name “Goldtröpfchen” means “gold droplet” and varies theories about its origin exist. It could possible come from the Celtic word for hill or mountain, “col”. Another hypothesis points to the glittery soil or golden drops of liquid that form on the ripe or botrytized grapes as a name source. Then again, even the value of the wine can be compared to gold. What is known for certain is that the Romans grew wine here in the year 371.

Producer:
Vintage:
2016
Country:
Germany
Region:
Mosel
Appellation:
Mosel
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
92
Date:
January 2018
Review:
Issuing as usual from 70-year-old vines on a parcel shared with Julian Haart (and not too far removed from the latter’s Schubertslay), when I tasted this at the end of July 2017 it was far less forthcoming let alone lusciously fruity than its two dry single-vineyard siblings, a condition that Adam characterized as “typical Piesporter reticence at this stage.” Pungent scents of grapefruit and green herbs are nearly overtaken on the nose by intimations of crushed stone and sea breeze that translate into intense, mouthwatering mineral manifestations on a palate of chewy extract-richness, firm beneath its polished, faintly waxy surface. A hint of almond cream lends welcome allure to a seriously sustained finish somehow not in the least weighed down by the wine’s 12% alcohol.