Erdener Treppchen TBA LGK, Weingut Dr. Hermann 2018
AP: 23 19. The 2018er Erdener Treppchen Riesling TBA Alte Reben lange GK comes from botrytized fruit harvested at a full 245° Oechsle on probably 100 year-old un-grafted vines in the original part of the vineyard just above the Erdener Prälat, and was fermented down to fully noble-sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a show-stopping nose of baked mango, brown sugar, tangerine peel, barbeque herbs and smoke. Exotic scents of pineapple, coconut and ginger add a gorgeous fresher side with airing. The wine is stunningly refined and elegant on the unctuous, oily and fruity palate. The finish is multi-layered and incredibly elegant despite the currently saturating sweetness. This wine will certainly need two decades to integrate its sweetness but the result will be epic. This is pure baroque TBA perfection! 2038-2118
|Score: 100||Jean Fisch & David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines, August 2019|
From very old vines on single poles in the Onnerts parcel right above the Prälat and neighboring the Herzlei, the 2018 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Alte Reben (Long Gold Capsule) is darker-toned and more spicy or peppery on the nose than the "regular" Gold Capsule and displays very clear, precise and noble apricot, tea and zesty lemon notes. It's almost floral but also spicy, a mysterious nose that will develop a lot over the coming years and decades. Lush and intense on the palate, this is another terribly sweet TBA, though not as rich or oily textured, thanks to its vitality and piquancy (470 grams of residual sugar are countered by 11 grams of total acidity). Picked at around 245° Oechsle, this is truly finessed, playful and even vibrant noble sweet wine, and readers will need to be patient if they prefer TBAs that are less nervous and piquant but more quiet and smooth. Tasted in July 2019, one week after the bottling. 2035-2100
|Score: 97||Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (244), August 2019|
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