Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese 2004
Price: $52.00 (average US retail)
Winery: C.H. Berres
Vintage Year: 2004
Highest Rating: 90pts (
The Mosel's most exclusive great vineyard site, only .75 acres of steep southfacing slope directly adjacent to Erdener Prälat. Full-blown Riesling Auslese from super-ripe, selected, healthy grapes, fermented and aged in new French oak barriques. Creamy concentration of exotic fresh fruit is punctuated by intense minerality, with graceful, nearly imperceptible whiffs of vanilla from the oak. Harmonious and original. 550 bottles produced.
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Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese (2009) - "Intense and minerally, with good cut to the blood orange and grapefruit flavors that are supported by plenty of firm acidity. The crystalline finish features notes of sea salt and lemon. Best from 2013 through 2020. 40 cases made."
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011
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C.H. BERRES WINERY INFO
Overview: Since 1510 the Berres family has grown and made great Rieslings in the privileged sites of Ürzig, Erden and Wehlen. Markus Berres, 21st generation, succeeded his father Alfred in 2004. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and one year in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus is relaunching his family's nine-acre estate with updated wines and packages, including Stelvin closures on all bottles.
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History: The Berres family is recorded to have resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, has taken the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage, and is in the process of effecting one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history.
Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate's great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance.
Carl Hubert's grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig's famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden's Treppchen. While fine wines continued to be made in the original Berres/Nicolay cellars, sales were limited to the local trade, with significant accumulation of great 1990s vintages in the Berres cellars as a result.
Ürzig and Erden are famous for their red slate soils and singular rock outcroppings that retain heat and concentrate the typical herb-spice of the wines. These are the only villages in the Mosel allowed to replant without grafting, as phylloxera was never able to penetrate the rock barriers.
Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres has approached the 2004 vintage looking enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings. As a remarkably affordable introduction, Markus has christened his new Estate Riesling from top sites Impulse--symbolic of the renewed energy and optimism at this proud estate.
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