We were STUNNED by the intensely expressive, layered, and pure aromatics of this Riesling, from the Saar's great Ayler Kupp vineyard. Florian Lauer calls this cuvee "Unterstenberg" to describe its position on the base of the hill. Incredibly precise, complex, and floral, this beams from the glass with notes of pear blossom, apricot, baby powder, and verbena. Grill yourself a nice piece of halibut, or perhaps slurp with a dozen raw oysters, and be transported to Saar-Nirvana!
With only a bit more sugar than permitted for legal Trockenheit, this tastes well and truly dry. At 12.2% alcohol, it displays stuffing without any heaviness. White peach and a hint of lychee inform the nose and the broad, richly fruited, silken-textured palate. Surprisingly, the wine’s piquant accents of peach kernel and orange zest turn rather bitter on the sustained finish. Intriguingly, a bottle that had been open for nearly two weeks displayed marginally greater clarity and primary juiciness than one freshly opened. The “old” bottle also gave a stronger account of this wine’s alluring marine mineral nuances and reassuring undertone of wet stone. (This is surely among those Lauer 2016s to have undergone malolactic transformation; and, as usual, his Unterstenberg – in common only with Lauer’s trio of Grosse Gewächse – is raised in cask rather than tank.)