Dr. Loosen Dry Riesling
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw mate- rials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve that, Ernst dramatically restricts crop size, uses only organic fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices to allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling.
This wine is the counterpart to Loosen’s off-dry offering. Elegant and rich characteristics are evident because of the slate-soils of Mosel. Great lemon and citrus notes harmonize with the richer stone fruit aromas and flavors.
Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the Year, 2014
Family Pasqua Sangiovese
Pasqua’s history begins in Veneto, Italy in 1925. In the 1940’s the family began branching out of Veneto and purchasing land to the south and west. Today they make wine throughout Italy representing a variety of styles, both traditional and forward looking.
This Sangiovese comes from Puglia, which is the tip of the heel of Italy. This is the warmest region of Italy, making this Sangiovese a riper more full and smooth expression of the grape.
Rich and full-bodied this Sangiovese retains the natural aromas and flavors of the varietal you’ll be familiar with- red berries and cherries, with cedar, tobacco, and earthy notes. Very approachable.
Till comes from Mendoza’s Uco and East Valley. Because Tilia is a sustainably driven wine producer they utilize irrigation for watering (the area where these grapes come from receive less than 8″ of rain a year). The water comes from mountain snow runoff, of which there is plenty. The dry, arid climate means very few insects, so they do not use pesticides. These conditions also limit precipitation based fungus diseases which would need to be controlled by spraying fungicides. The grapes from the Eastern Region have very ripe, rich fruit flavors and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration.
90 Points Wine Advocate for the 2014 vintage