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Dr. Lippold 2012 Mosel Urziger Würzgarten Alte Reben Riesling Auslese (Wine Review)

Enno Lippold's pre-phylloxera vines in the Urziger Würzgarten turned out an exotically spiced Auslese in 2012. Scents of ginger root, cardamom and smoke play up the savory side of the wine, highlighting the mineral notes and nutty edge of maturity on the sweet apricot fruit. Rich yet restrained, this...Read Full Story

Leitz 2016 Rheingau Dragonstone Riesling QbA (Wine Review)

Dragonstone, or drachenstein in German, is the name of the vineyard, a steep slope of quartzite soils where the Rhine meets the Nahe. The 2016 tastes like summer, from dried grass and herbs to peaches and lemon-tree leaves, presenting it all with the warmth of the sun and the clarity...Read Full Story

Clemens Busch 2015 Mosel Marienburg-Fahrlay Riesling GG (Wine Review)

This comes off the gray-slate sections of Clemens Busch’s Marienburg vineyards, the vines 22 to 30 years old. Grown under biodynamic principles and, like all of his wines, vinified without any inputs, this is a vivid, dynamic riesling. The fruit feels almost crunchy in its freshness, with grapefruit acidity invigorating...Read Full Story

Robert Weil 2016 Rheingau Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Beerenauslese (Wine Review)

The spring of 2016 didn't start out auspiciously: It rained from mid-May through June. But the berries that made it through enjoyed a warm, sunny spell that lasted through August, followed by the warmest September Wilhelm Weil can remember. That weather allowed him to wait for a prodigiously ripe BA....Read Full Story

Vidal-Fleury 2015 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal-Fleury (Wine Review)

Under the guidance of owner Marcel Guigal and winemaker Guy Sarton du Jonchay, Vidal-Fleury has entered a renaissance. They've released this Côte-Rôtie early; it's a powerfully structured wine and it rewards patience if you open it now. Be prepared to meet a bruiser, packing a punch of...Read Full Story

Dreissigacker 2013 Rheinhessen Bechtheimer Geyersberg QbA Trocken (Wine Review)

After working with Rheinhessen star winemaker Klaus-Peter Keller, Jochen Dreissigacker returned to his family's estate in 2001 and set about converting its 51 acres to organic viticulture. Working in the winery with ambient yeasts, gentle pressings and old, large casks, he turned out a trocken riesling in 2013 that feels like it...Read Full Story

Adaptations (News & Features)

That’s the question that spurred Michelle Bouffard, a Canadian sommelier and wine critic, to organize the Tasting Climate Change conference in Montreal, taking place while this issue is on press.One of the presenters, Gregory Jones, an environmental scientist who runs the wine department at Linfield College in...Read Full Story

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