Federal Wine & Spirits

29 State Street, Boston, MA 02109

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Riesling Plus One

With one exception, the wines were generally very popular; we just have bottles left for most.
August 3, 2022


The 2019 Peter Lauer Ayler Riesling Senior was the most liked. Although unoaked, it had breadth and richness that several people found appealing. It sold out.

2019 Breuer Rauenthal Riesling, and in a lighter, more precise vein, the 2020 Wittmann Westhofener Riesling were the next most often mentioned. Both took a while to open. The Breuer from the Rheingau had more breadth and richness and was most obviously appealing; the Wittman was more delicate, perhaps more restrained, and lighter wine of more finesse. We have a bit over a case of that, bottles of the Breuer. Tasted the next day, both wines showed more ample and richly layered than at our tasting.

2018 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Alte Reben; was very youthful and unrealized compared to the others. Built like an old-style white, it showed apparent oak and had a lot of depth and richness but was less giving at the tasting. It is a wine for the cellar for another 5 to 15 years.

2020 von Schubert Maximin Riesling was more straightforward than the others, just slightly off-dry. People thought it was very good, especially for a very reasonable price. We do have more

People, by and large, didn't warm to 2020 Heidi Schrock Gelber Muskateller; They found it a little funky and exotically spicy for their palates.


2020 von Schubert Maximin Riesling; Aroma: light fresh, clean, very pure, lightly lifted mineral; Mouth: juicy ripe acid just off-dry, clean acidity, fresh, Saar minerality, clean long & precise; Very Good Plus 17.99; Case, 15.99

2020 Heidi Schrock Gelber Muskateller; Aroma: rich mineral; fine broad & spicy rich; Mouth: Rather rich broad, spicy, elegant, very rich; Very Good Plus 26.99; Case, 22.99

2019 Peter Lauer Ayler Riesling Senior; Aroma: Lots of flint, lower toned broad; Mouth: Bright clean, very fresh explodes on the mouth with focused intensity; Very Good Plus 32; Case, 26.99

2019 Breuer Rauenthal Riesling; Aroma: heady soft &dense, rich, heady yet delicate; Mouth: muted diesel, rich intense, mouth clinging long bright acid finish, long; Very Good - Excellent 38; Mixed Case, 34.2; Case, 31.99

2020 Wittmann Westhofener Riesling 1 g; Color: light gold very deep; Aroma: sweet apple opens up slowly very firm, nice minerality; Mouth: bright acid lively clean firm, lifted almost sweet, clean angular minerality; Excellent 48; Case, 40.99

2018 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Alte Reben; Color: Very pale gold green; Aroma: Dry slate, lightly herbal firm, mineral spice rises in the glass, very rich; Mouth: Dry flint rather broad very, hard acid, light in body, the stone shows now; Excellent - Outstanding 52; ; Case, 43.99


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