Weingut Lauer Riesling Grand Cru "Stirn" No. 15 2020 750ml

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For me, always one of Lauer's most angelic, soaring wines. Sourced from the top of the Kupp mountain, the vines here are battered by the wind and there is little soil and little water; it is a struggle up here. The wine, however, shows just a soaring tension, an amazing linearity. I love this damn wine.

The 2020er “Stirn” N°15, as it is referred to in the central part of the label, comes from the prime south-west-facing, upper-front part of the original Ayler Kupp hill, and was fermented down to fully off-dry levels of residual sugar (37 g/l). Smoky and minty scents quickly give way to a superbly refined yet ripe scents of almond cream, pineapple, candied lemon, apricot flower, jasmine, lavender, and rosemary on the nose. The wine reveals some almond cream and even a touch of toffee on the palate, but this richer and creamier side is stunningly well wrapped into an animating feel of spicy and zesty acidity. The finish is impressively focused and linear and feels far drier than one may expect from a fruity-styled level of sweetness. The intensity and Saar raciness of this wine are simply remarkable. 2028-2045