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Wittmann Riesling Rheinhessen Qba Estate Trocken 2015

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WHWC Staff Notes: Next to Keller, Wittmann makes perhaps my favorite dry expressions of the Rheinhessen's top grosse lagen, so it's no surprise that this is one of my favorite dry estate QbAs. At 12.5% alcohol, it's a bigger wine than many estate bottlings, but it carries the weight with the utmost grace and aplomb. The aromatic profile shows a decidedly smoky entry, but it soon settles into more lifted notes of grapefruit, lime, white flowers, and spicy basil. The medium-full palate also carries the citrus character, especially the grapefruit, and throws in tangerine and ginger for good measure, all underpinned by a salty minerality and bright acid that give full support to the fully expressive fruit. As everyday wines go, I can't think of one I'd rather have on hand at any given time. - Andrew Kitz

Region: Germany » Rheinhessen

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  • 2015

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Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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WHWC Staff Notes: Next to Keller, Wittmann makes perhaps my favorite dry expressions of the Rheinhessen's top grosse lagen, so it's no surprise that this is one of my favorite dry estate QbAs. At 12.5% alcohol, it's a bigger wine than many estate bottlings, but it carries the weight with the utmost grace and aplomb. The aromatic profile shows a decidedly smoky entry, but it soon settles into more lifted notes of grapefruit, lime, white flowers, and spicy basil. The medium-full palate also carries the citrus character, especially the grapefruit, and throws in tangerine and ginger for good measure, all underpinned by a salty minerality and bright acid that give full support to the fully expressive fruit. As everyday wines go, I can't think of one I'd rather have on hand at any given time. - Andrew Kitz

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