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  1. Richter Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Richter Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2018
    Stunning purity of fruit here, ranging from fresh lemons to yuzu to limes and then loads of iron filings and gun flint. The medium sweetness, interlocked with taut citrus and stone fruit, gives an impression of an embellished, intricately woven texture, and there’s loads of density and energy. Very detailed and sleek on the finish. STUART PIGOTT

    From 30- to 40-year-old vines, the 2018 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is flinty, precise and reductive on the coolish nose, with discreet and fine (but lush!) pineapple aromas and very fine notes of crushed, smooth slate. On the palate, this is a clear, fresh, lush, highly finessed, piquant and salty Riesling with very tannins and lingering salinity and piquancy. This is a fabulous Spätlese with piquant finesse and mineral tension that seems to be familiar with that of the Scharzhofberger and the Euchariusberg. I can hardly imagine any better Spätlese from 2018. (96) DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, Wine Advocate
    2018
    Riesling
    Germany
    442
  2. Robert Weil Kiedricher Riesling Trocken 2018
    Robert Weil Kiedricher Riesling Trocken 2018

    This is a blend of many parcels of younger vines and higher-elevation plantings and it has a very fresh, vibrant and vivid lemon-citrus nose with a succulent, smooth and intense palate. Elegant and very impressive. STUART PIGOTT, jamessuckling.com

    From younger vines cultivated from the three crus of the domain plus fruit from the Wasseros, which is located above the Gräfenberg, the 2018 Kiedricher Riesling Trocken displays a bright color and an intense and concentrated bouquet with white fruit aromas and very fine slate and earthy aromas. Round and lush on the palate, this is a well-structured, slightly phenolic and still slightly bitter dry Riesling with a long and firm, very promising and refreshing, salty finish. This is a still a baby but an excellent, tight 2018 Riesling from Kiedrich. STEPHAN REINHARDT, Wine Advocate

    2018
    Riesling
    Germany
    465
  3. Egon Muller Wiltinger Braune Kupp Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Egon Muller Wiltinger Braune Kupp Riesling Kabinett 2018
    Purple plum is laced with mint on the nose, and those two elements serve for a succulent and subtly cooling effect on the glossy, polished palate. Tangy plum skin, piquant plum pit and a hint of seedy red raspberry serve for invigoration critical to pushing back against unusually high residual sugar, but without diminishing the sense of richness that is engendered on first sip. “I believe some casks would have benefited from fermenting a bit further,” noted Müller, but the fermentations simply petered out. As a result – though, naturally, must weights in the low 90s are also contributory – nearly 60 grams of residual sugar remain in the finished wine. The impressively sustained finish is amply refreshing as well as transparent to smoky and stony nuances. DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, Vinous
    2018
    Riesling
    Germany
    442
  4. Eva Fricke Rheingau Riesling Lorcher Shlossberg Spatlese 2018
    Eva Fricke Rheingau Riesling Lorcher Shlossberg Spatlese 2018

    Compared with the Kiedricher Klosterberg, this smells a little more floral, less pear and more apricot. Sweeter on the palate, luscious but with a fine stony, crisp lemon freshness. Crystalline persistence, so pure. Definitely tastes sweeter than the Kiedricher Klosterberg Spätlese but perfectly balanced by the fresh acidity. (17+) JULIA HARDING MW

    The 2018 Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese is coolish, precise and flinty on the more reductive and lime-scented nose than its Klosterberg sibling. Lush yet crystalline and salty-piquant on the palate, this is a generous, enormously lush and super sexy Spätlese with succulent fruit that covers your palate. There are 90 grams of residual sugar, but there is nothing left but gorgeously ripe Riesling fruit from rocky slate. A fabulous Spätlese bottled with 8% alcohol. Tasted from AP 9 19. You can drink it now, but don't be sad if there is nothing left in 20+ years. STEPHAN REINHARDT, Wine Advocate

    2018
    Riesling
    Germany
    465
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