2018 Fritz Haag Riesling Estate

Year: 2018
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
Price :
$16.95

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"Intense acidity balances the pronounced flavors of nectarine and apricot in this crowd-pleasing, off-dry style. Hints of vanilla join the lemon-lime mix on the focused finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. -AZ" (WS)

"The 2018 Riesling shows the clear, elegant, fresh and flinty bouquet of ripe yellow plums and peaches along with some beautiful phenolic notes. On the palate, this is an elegant, fine and perfectly round and balanced but also fresh and gorgeously juicy Riesling with a salty-piquant finish and the crystalline crunchiness of Brauneberg's slate soils. Tasted in March 2019.

With the 2017s, Oliver Haag has perhaps made the vintage of his life. There wasn't a single wine I tasted that I couldn't recommend to buy and drink. Even the so called "entry level" is impressive in its precision and concentration. The GGs are great (and much finer than less than a decade ago), but honestly, the predicates are the wines to collect. The higher the level, the finer the wine, and the closer to the Juffer Sonnenuhr, the more legendary the wine. No less than three 100-pointers had to be given, all of them for the Juffer Sonnenuhr, one of the greatest terroirs along Mosel, Saar and Ruwer: Auslese LGK, BA and TBA. These selections are so clear, precise and refined, so beautifully balanced yet intense and fragile. Perfection and fascination, if you like to break all this down to one line.

The first three 2018s had just been bottled when I tasted the 2017s in early April this year, and Oliver Haag asked me not to publish my impressions because the wines were not at their peak yet. This may be, but I was already impressed and am wondering if Fritz Haag's 2018 will rival the great 2017s? A huge success for Oliver Haag, whose wines are so joyful to drink anytime." (WA)