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Dr. Loosen BeerenausleseDr. Loosen is one of the more well respected modern producers in Germany. No matter what wine you get from him, you are almost guaranteed to get a clean, well-made wine. The 2005 Riesling Beerenauslese is no exception.

While I would love to get into the specifics of German wines and how they are categorized, I just don’t have the room here to explain it all. Those that are familiar with quality German wine know that it can be a complicated prospect with many variables to consider, such as the different quality levels (Tafelwein, Landwein, Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiet [QbA], Qualitatswein mit Pradikat [QmP]), ripeness level at harvest for QmP wines (Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenausless, Eiswein, Trockenbeerenauslese), village, vineyard, variety, etc. and so on.

For the sake of this post, it is sufficient to say that this wine is at the highest quality level and ripeness level, from one of the better producers in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area.

The wine is made from grapes that have been shriveled by botrytis, the “Noble Rot.” Brought on by the misty mornings along the Mosel, the botrytis mold draws water out of the affected grapes, leaving an ultra-concentrated nectar behind. These extremely concentrated, moldy grapes are separated from the unaffected fruit and vinified to make one of the worlds more luscious dessert wines.

Botrytis mold on a cluster of grapes. It may be ugly, but it produces a delicious wine.

Botrytis mold on a cluster of grapes. It may be ugly, but it produces a delicious wine.

The 2005 vintage was one of the warmest in recent history and the wines show a certain ripe character unusual for such a cool climate. It is definitely apparent in the weight of this wine.

On the nose, the wine exhibits slight petrol, gun flint, and botrytis notes, rounded out by aromas of nectarine, apricot, and prickly pear. On the palate the wine shows good weight and acidity, with complimenting sweetness. It is smooth, refined, and clean on the finish. In a word it is: delicious.

Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Blend: 100% Riesling

Vineyard: Various estate vineyards in the Mosel

Cases Produced: ??

Bottle Size: 187ml

Suggested Retail Price: $50

The wine is available from JV Wine & Spirits.

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