2013DielNahe2013 Schlossgut Diel, Riesling, Nahesteiner Trocken, Nahe Germany.
Schlossgut Diel makes some of the finest examples of dry Riesling in the world and have been a long time leader in promoting their Trocken in the USA, and now with Caroline Diel leading this Nahe estate there is a lot to enjoy now, and there is a great future head, her winemaking is all about subtle elegance, grace and restraint. Diel makes a fine Pinot Noir, a super Rose and even though their dry wines are perfection, you should not overlook their beautiful Kabinett and Spatlese Rieslings, everything Caroline makes is gorgeous and timeless. I adore these wines and the 2013 vintage is looking wonderful for this world class estate, especially the superb and delicious 2013 Nahesteiner Trocken, due to be released in the US this fall. It was a great pleasure to see and taste with Caroline Diel in San Francisco at the Terry Theise trade tasting, I hadn’t seen her in many years, she’s been very busy with three young kids and an estate to run, her wines are pure class and unique, highlighting her talents, deft touch and the terroir of each site. Her wines are shy and austere when young, they are graceful and age beautifully, I am certain the 2013 Nahesteiner will only get better over the next 3 to 5 years, and it is lovely now, trust me. This dry Riesling starts with earth, spice and citrusy notes with white flowers, mint tea, sea brine and chalky stony essence leading to a brisk and energy filled palate with green apple, grapefruit and loads of lime fruits with hints of flint, hay, wild herbs, tangy apricot and mango. This is vivid, clear and zest Riesling that while zingy has good depth and density underneath. This would be a very interesting wine to cellar, though I really love it now, drink from 2015-2020.
($28 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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