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Peter Lauer 'Stirn' Ayler Kupp Fass 15 Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2016

Regular price $ 44.10

This is one of those relatively rare instances chez Lauer where a significant degree of post-fermentative “Mosel stink” shrouds the other aromas, though that will likely dissipate within a year or two if not sooner. (In fact, on re-tasting eight months after bottling, the nose had cleared somewhat, though the wine then displayed some temporary sweet-tart tension. Lauer suggests that late summer drought and heat leaving the ambient yeasts slightly short on nutrients might explain the youthful off-aromas.) Fresh grapefruit, lime, Persian melon and white peach emerge on the nose, and cooling mint and star anise accents as well as stony underpinnings join them on a silken-textured palate. Its fruit dominance and sense of sheer ripeness – supported by judicious sweetness – do not prevent this wine’s citrus elements from delivering a finish delightfully abundant in animating, refreshing sheer juiciness. With time, this should prove to be among the stars of the present collection.

92 Pts David Schildknecht, Vinous