Wittmann, Westhofener, Riesling 1G Trocken 2021

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The Westhofener Riesling bears the new VDP Rheinhessen designation, “Aus Ersten Lagen,” which simply means “from premier cru vineyards.” This is analogous to the Burgundian use of “Premier Cru,” without vineyard designation, when the wine is a blend of two or more climats. These wines may also contain declassified fruit from grand cru sites, however, which is exactly the case with the Westhofener. This wine was selected from maturing parcels (15 years or older) in the Morstein and Brunnenhäuschen vineyards, both of which are classified as Grosse Lage.

95 points James Suckling

Serious concentration of impeccably ripe peachy fruit, plus great finesse make this a standout in this category. Rolls over the palate with great mineral drive, yet remains impeccably balanced. A starburst of chalky minerality at the very long finish. Mostly from the Morstein GG site with a small amount of wine from the Brunnenhauschen GG site. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Vegan. Drink or hold.

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Composed of Morstein satellites and younger vines (six plots), as well as Brunnenhäuschen and Aulerde (one plot each), the 2021 Westhofener Riesling "1G" offers a dense and intense, saline and flinty bouquet of ripe Riesling fruit with notes of crushed rocks and Amalfi lemons. Silky, lush and savory on the palate, with lingering lemon juice notes, this is a compact and tensioned, very elegant, pure and saline Riesling that can easily compete with so many Grosses Gewächs Rieslings in Germany this year. It is a stunning wine with salinity, lovely grip and tension, but it's already accessible. A Must Have.

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