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A Pair of 2003 Wines From Mosel-Saar-Ruwer


Erdener Treppchen, Image by Weinkaiser (flickr)

These two selections were purchased a few years ago from MacArthur’s.  The Weingut Dr. Fischer cost $13 and the Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben cost $20.  Both of these selections are clearly worth their cost but I would recommend looking for the Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben.  It is quite a good wine, is drinking very well right now but will clearly develop for years to come.


2003 Weingut Dr. Fischer, Ockfener Bockstein, Riesling Spatlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
This is 9% ABV.  The soils of the Ockfener Bockstein vineyard contain more clay.  The grapes are sourced from 20-40 year old vines and undergo spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts.  This wine is a rich straw color.  It has a light nose of richer/heavier aromas.  In the mouth the initial impression is of soft fruit, petrol, balanced by subtle acidity.  There is a core of infused fruit mixed with some minerals.  The aftertaste is pleasing.  On the second night there are notes of honeysuckle.  Overall this is a pleasing wine but the profile is a bit flat.  I would drink this up.

2003  Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Spatlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
This is 8% ABV.  The Erdener Treppchen vineyard translates as The Little Staircases of Erden and is named after the stone steps carved out in this steep vineyard.  The red slate soils are rich in iron and are mostly planted with vines with their own roots.  This wine sports a light+ nose of fresher, textured, sweet floral aromas.  In the mouth the sweet fruit is spritzy with a good amount of acidity and racy minerals.  There are pure flavors of honey in this almost gritty wine that is so lively in the mouth.  This good textured wine has a moderate aftertaste.

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