Riesling Trocken Escheburg


Normally a blend of all four steep slope grand crus from Immich:  Batterieberg, Zeppwingert, Ellergrub, and Steffensberg; but this year the Ellergrub fruit from blue slate dominates to scintillating effect. Mostly old and ungrafted vines — at least 60 years old — the vinous heritage of Germany expressed in a generously affordable bottle. Dry every vintage, and especially electric and precise in 2021. One of the star wines of the estate, and dollar-for-quality, the best value.  
Note:  Benefits from a little air; in fact a bottle of this we opened recently was still kicking and delicous after four days. 

93 points
"WA93pts: "Since no Ellergrub was bottled due to mildew problems, the Enkircher Riesling 2021 Escheburg is based on more Ellergrub fruit than normal. The wine opens deep, pure and dense on the aromatic, fruity and well-concentrated nose due to predominantly ungrafted vines in steep top vineyards. On the palate, this is a medium-bodied, intense and elegant, well-balanced and stony Riesling with charm and calmness since it was aged in used oak barrels until September, whereas the CAI and Detonation were aged in stainless steel until late June. The finish here is persistently salty and stony. This is an excellent effort that pairs elegance and finesse with purity and salinity. 11% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in October 2022.""

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