Riesling Loibenberg Smaragd, Alzinger
Loibenberg is a very large vineyard with variation from quite warm sections to cool. A majority (85%)of Leo Alzinger’s Loibenberg comes from a small amphitheater to the east of the main section of Loibenberg called “Rauenheck”, which means rough place. It;s cooler and “acts more like Steinerthal than Loibenberg”.
Whew….down to earth after that Höhereck. This Riesling is more firmly anchored to consensual reality and yet it’s entirely exotic, hints of gooseberries, but this cask sample is hard to surmise. Bottling will benefit this wine, I think, will organize its elements and ennoble the texture. – Terry Theise
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