Stein, Riesling Palmberg Spatlese Trocken, 2018

$39.99

A bone dry yet opulent spatlese from one of the steepest, vineyards in the world. From ungrafted 10 year old vines, the slate penetrates every sip, the acidity is bursting and yet the wines is balanced and bracing.

If you haven't heard of Uli, you aren't alone. He makes minuscule quantities of wines from the steepest lowest yielding vineyards on earth, and almost none of it makes it to our shores. When his US Importer allows us some we jump on them, and rarely have enough to offer to all of you.

He is Germany's top crusader for the preservation of traditions. He made a name for himself fighting German wine laws and reclaiming ancient, hard-to-work vineyards so that he could make us the kind of Riesling that his grandparents might have enjoyed. But also spends his time breaking rules, planting non-Germany varieties like Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon and making wines his grandparents wouldn't have been able to imagine.

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Stein

Germany's Mosel River Valley is the most frightful place on earth to make wine. Its dangerously steep slate slopes — perfect for capturing sunlight and radiating heat to ripen Riesling in this marginal climate — are being abandoned. The (sometimes literal) backbreaking labor and cost to work them has proven too great for many of the farmers of the region, especially considering the pitiful prices many of the wines fetch in today’s market. But one man, Ulli Stein, is on a crusade to save them. Like your favorite eccentric uncle, he’s educated, passionate and not afraid to step on toes to do what he feels is right. He’s fought the German government and the EU to save historical traditions of the region, and won. He refuses to submit to wine critics for reviews, letting the wines garner their own attention — which they do. Ulli isn’t fighting just to prove a point. He’s fighting for his national treasure. The Alfer Holle vineyard (or “Hell”) is his pinnacle. The vines were planted, like the name of the wine suggests, in 1900. They are, like most of Ulli’s vines, ungrafted on single stakes in pure slate at death defying angles. With tiny berries on little bunches, the airflow is constant, botrytis is never a problem and the juice to skin ratio means these are some of the most concentrated wines out there.

Details

  • Country

    Germany

  • Region

    Mosel

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Elegant

  • Sweetness

    Off-Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied