A.J. Adam Goldtröpfchen Riesling [GG]
Goldtropfchen 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.
It’s the first vintage where Piesport seems to have an edge over Dhron. “Seems” to! This wine is outstanding, and clearly so.
Super-mineral; capaciousness and dignity, an intricate dialogue of fruit (and loads of it), classic “blue” flavors, strength in every
direction, power flowing through its veins, unrelenting lushness in a matrix of firm, rocky power.
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Press & Reviews
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.