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Schafer-Frohlich, Riesling Dry Vulkangestein, 2018

$41.99

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For a long time, Tim Fröhlich's name has been synonymous with quality Riesling from the Nahe. These wines are as exceptional as they are exciting. While what's being made is undeniably a most classical expression of what Riesling can and should be, Schäfer-Fröhlich's wines are made naturally from spontaneous fermentation, by people who care about wines that express the mineral character of their terroir, people who care about dry Riesling... all forward-thinking ideas.

Tim Fröhlich's wines are not only special as a result of his winemaking prowess, but also for the terroir he has inherited. The estate's holdings include vineyards of volcanic soil (pretty rare for Germany), as well as the much-prized Blue Devonian slate that characterizes the soil in GG vineyards throughout Germany. Again, the magic of this producer comes from having one foot in tradition while stepping forward with his eye toward what might excite people next.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"This “volcanic stone” cuvée from the Stromberg and (Schlossböckelheimer) Felsenberg leads with smoky, pungent notes of black tea and struck flint, mingled with a hint of outright yeastiness. (All of the aforementioned characteristics are apt to be heightened – possibly exaggerated – in bottles finished with screwcaps, though Fröhlich only takes that approach with this wine or the corresponding “Schiefergestein” on request from selected markets.) Grapefruit, lime and apple emerge on the nose and dominate the firm but polished, juicy palate, while smoky pungency returns to enliven the lingering, pithily persistent finish." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 91
"From the volcanic rocks of the Stromberg and the Felsenberg, Fröhlich's 2018 Riesling Trocken Vulkangestein opens with an intense yet pure, refined and flinty bouquet of ripe fruits intermixed with the noble aroma of crushed stones and dried herbs—utterly complex but airy and fine like perfume. Vital and intense on the first attack, this is a juicy, intense and elegant, persistently mineral dry Riesling with raisin flavors on the long, taut and aromatic, quite powerful but structured finish. This 2018 Riesling from volcanic rocks is still terribly young but absolutely impressive in its tension, perfectly clear juice and mineral grip. You'd waste its talents if you drink this wine too young." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"Smoke and struck flint introduce this spicy, intensely mineral dry Riesling sourced from volcanic soils. It's gorgeously steely but packed with zesty grapefruit, lime and lemon flavors as well. Slim in profile yet penetrating on the palate, it's a wine that should improve well through 2028 and hold further."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
" Smoke and struck flint introduce this spicy, intensely mineral dry Riesling sourced from volcanic soils. It's gorgeously steely but packed with zesty grapefruit, lime and lemon flavors as well. Slim in profile yet penetrating on the palate, it's a wine that should improve well through 2028 and hold further." -Anna lee C IIJima

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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