Dr. Wagner "Rausch" Grosses Gewächs Riesling 2015
Yes, German wine labels are a mouthful, yet they contain a trove of information once you know the basics. For instance, "Grosses Gewächs" (G.G. for short) on the label is a sign of tremendous quality, one which means that the grapes must be of perfect ripeness, hand-harvested, come from a great vineyard site, and be fermented fully dry (no sugar left whatsoever).
This is a limited, library release of Christiane Wagner's single-vineyard Rausch G.G. Riesling. This vineyard is found along the vertiginous banks of the Saar river, a tributary of the Mosel. Christiane Wagner is the fifth generation to head up the estate; in this bottling you'll find lemon-scented wet rocks, fennel seed, and cherry pit married to a powerful and distinct minerality.
This is an exclusive library release of perfectly-aged Saar Riesling, direct from the estate to you, with free shipping on three bottles!
As Vinous Media put it when they awarded the wine 90 points, "If Christiane Wagner wanted to make a big, distinct statement with her estate’s first-ever Grosses Gewächs, she certainly succeeded."