2016 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2016
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 92
Mosel Fine Wine Review: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
Price :
$24.95

PRETTY MUCH AMAZING JUICE!!

"The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese is very clear and nicely reductive on the flinty and limey nose. Lush, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a beautifully mineral and complex Sonnenuhr with a long and intensely aromatic but always refined and refreshing mineral finish. This is a fabulous Spätlese from the Juffer. Tasted March 2018 (AP 5 17).

Oliver Haag is "very satisfied" with his series of 2016s. "The wines are classic Mosel Rieslings in terms of elegance, finesse and fruit expression. The 2016s are very precise, well balanced and highly stimulating." The quantity, he says, was still acceptable. "During the rainy spring, we didn't do any more plant protecting sprayings than in previous years. Peronospora wasn't such a big deal here. Our yields were already reduced during the flowering, so there was not much fruit set anyway."

However, I have rarely tasted a finer and more homogeneous collection here since Oliver Haag took over the lead from his father Wilhelm. The 2016s are marvelous and from one of the finest collections I have tasted this year along the Mosel. Namely, the Juffer Sonnenuhr selections are incredibly fine, and I can only recommend to grab whatever you can find from the 2016s. These are super attractive and balanced Riesling with unrivaled finesse and elegance. The 2016 proves impressively that the Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr is one of the finest vineyards along the Mosel. I can't believe the finesse and elegance of the 2016s will be rivaled any time soon. Fritz Haag's 2016s have everything you need for a long lasting love affair." (WA)

"This evinces a cooler, decidedly less tropical personality than a number of other Haag 2016s. Pear, quince and honeydew melon are infused with green herbs on an effusive nose and a silken, subtly creamy yet infectiously juicy palate. Bittersweet inner-mouth perfume adds to the allure of an impeccably balanced Riesling whose sweetness (even at nearly 70 grams of residual sugar) I didn’t even think about while luxuriating in the entire performance. This clings caressingly yet refreshingly, with delightful lift, luscious fruitiness and transparency to stony and floral nuances." (VM)

"Very youthful and elegant with a beautiful interplay of aromas (white peach, tropical fruit and vanilla), restrained sweetness, bright acidity and mineral freshness. Drink any time during the next decade." (JS)

"Delicately ripe scents of pear, mirabelle, apple and herbs on the nose give way to a gorgeous and delicately creamy and zesty feel on the mediumbodied palate. The wine is still on the sweet side, a feeling which is amplified by the ripe acidity, giving it a quite round structure. It delivers a fruity feel in the nicely tart but also slightly direct finish. 2026-2046" (FWR)

Winery Notes:
The Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese is one of Fritz Haag's "residual sweetness" classics - A wine like this has the potential to be laid down for 30 to 40 years.

The name “Juffer” translates as “old maid” in the local dialect and goes back to 1790. The owner of these exceptional vineyards at the time had three daughters who all remained unmarried. As a consequence, when they took over the vineyard from their father, the name “Brauneberger Juffer” was born and the wines soon became famed in the wine world. The vineyards were recognized as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon. The name “Sonnenuhr” refers to the sundial that graces the center part of the Juffer vineyard, which is generally recognized as the section of the steep hillside that produces the very finest wines.

The Brauneberg is an isolated, south-facing hill that, unlike most other great Mosel sites, has very little forest above it to provide water. The relative lack of water and the well-drained brown slate soil make it one of the drier vineyards in the area, a great advantage in wet years, which occur frequently in this cool, northern climate.