2014 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2014
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
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"Peach and spicy apple flavors are matched to minerally notes in this fruity version. Citrus zest on the finish, with a hint of sage honey. Drink now. 500 cases made. –KM" (WS)

"The 2014 Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett offers the lovely, clear and delicate slate aroma intermixed with smoky and herbal aromas, but also lovely stone fruit as well. Pure, salty and piquant on the palate, this is a nicely concentrated, round and fruity Riesling with lightness, intensity and finesse, as well as a long and persistent finish. This is great terroir Riesling with salt and minerals. Extremely stimulating. Great, great Mosel Riesling from the grand cru terroirs of Brauneberg!

"We doubled our harvest team in 2014," says Oliver Haag. "We selected in the vineyards and again in the grape container, because the skins were already very thin and the juice was already running out of the grapes when they came onto the press. Thus, we did not macerate our grapes in 2014 as long as in the former years and pressed straight." Haag also racked the wines earlier from the full lees onto the fine lees (in April), whereas the 2015 will age longer on the full lees again. "We did this to keep the finesse in the 2014s," and that's exactly what the 2014 Rieslings from Fritz Haag are: bright, clear, elegant and finesse-full. I haven't tasted them so good for years. These are stunning, refined and terroir-driven wines, although Brauneberg again was a hotspot of the disaster in terms of rainfall. Haag's harvest team has done a great, great job. It's one of the finest Riesling collections from the Mosel: 2014." (WA)

"Pungent struck-flint smokiness and lime peel on the nose introduce a delicate palate featuring quince and apple tinged with stone, smoke, and zesty lime and garlanded in honeysuckle. This rather Chenin-like Riesling delivers a creamy yet generously juicy palate impression and finishes with an unlikely combination of caressing polish combined with levity, clarity and subtle citric tang and cut, to which wet stone, ash and iodine add intrigue. Haag is among a number of Mosel growers trying to conscientiously dial back the sweetness of his Kabinetts, so it surprised him to discover that this one balanced impeccably and expressively at 50 grams; I too am amazed there is that much." (VM)