2014DielSpat2014 Schlossgut Diel, Riesling Spatlese, Pittermannchen, Nahe Germany.
One of the leaders in dry style Rieslings for many years Schlossgut Diel also does lovely and luxurious fruity wines, this Spatelese Pittermannchen is a great example of just how great balanced and sexy sweeter Riesling can be. The finely balanced Diel Spatlese 2014 Pittermannchen does not have any cloying elements and it drinks with gorgeous panache and lush creaminess while retaining vibrant acidity and stony cool grace, this is one of the most elegant and noble wines of the vintage. The detailing here is beautiful and shows deft winemaking and winegrowing, a perfect melding of Terroir and house style, the 2014 Diel’s have bright yellow fruits, distinct perfume and heavenly lightness of feel, though with plenty of extract and depth. The 2014 Pittermannchen Spatlese starts with a pale greenish/gold hue in the glass with white flowers, wet rocks, hints of flinty shale and green apple leading to a layered palate that adds apricot, white currant, dried rose petal, tropical elements, sweet spring melon and finishes with a trace of peaches in syrup, sea breezes and steely mineral tones. This is the kind of wine that will gain body and structure over time, but will always feel pleasingly drier than it is, though will shine with many cuisine options, especially smoked meats, Asian dishes and well, just about anything! Drink now, but look for patience to be highly rewarded in 5 to 10 years, this is remarkable stuff again from Diel, from Kabinett to Auslese, as well as their Trockens, Diel is one producer you should not miss in the 2014 vintage.
($58 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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