2014 Mosel QbA Superior Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Because of the copious autumn rain in 2014, Carl von Schubert didn’t produce any wines above Spätlese in ripeness. But what he did make is generally spectacular. Take this QbA from old vines in the Herrenberg. It’s super tight and reductive at first, needing a violent decanting to get past its funk, but then it opens like a geode, all sparkling minerality in the middle, firm and precise in its line. It’s reserved and refined, deserving of a decade in the cellar. —Tara Q. Thomas
Top 100 Countdown
Leading up to our Top 100 in San Francisco, our critics are sharing some favorite wines that will be poured at the event. We’re posting a new note each day through October 10th.