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As Good As German Riesling Gets
A Great Wine From The Great Dr. Enno Lippold

I have been a huge fan of the great Rieslings of Dr Enno Lippold for some years now but we were never able to get any of his wine until now. I met the Doctor onanother project he was working on from Northern Italy, he makes wine for Wineries all over the world but his prized possessions are the tiny amounts of wine he makes from the steep old vine, red clay soils of the Urziger Wurzgarten that run into the Mosel River. These are some of the greatest vineyards in all of the Mosel. The wines have the special characteristics of mango fruit that you only get in Rieslings from this area. We have been able to secure a tiny amount of his 2008 Dr. Lippold Urziger Wurzgarten Weltersberg Alte Reben Riesling Spatelese and I can tell you this wine will move you. 90pts Parker and 90pts Tanzer I absolutely adored this wine. Treat yourself to this great wine. Will sell out fast, very limited. Vineyard on a par with the Grand Crus in Burgundy.

Dr. Lippold Urziger Wurzgarten Weltersberg Alte Reben Riesling Spatlese 2008 Mosel region; Germany

90 Pts Stephen Tanzer / 90 Pts Robert Parker

Blazing red and insanely steep, the Ürziger Würzgarten (“ERTS-ih-ger VERTS-gar-ten”) vineyards fill the picturesque amphitheater formed by this dramatic bend in the Germany’s Mosel River. The terroir here produces a completely different kind of Riesling wine, i.e., one with exotic, spicy aromas and a mesmerizing, burst of mango fruit flavors. The vines, themselves, are some of the oldest in the entire region, one established during an era of prosperity under the rule of Prussia (post Napoleonic) starting with the historic vintage of 1819!

So for centuries the "WĂĽrzgarten" has been considered as one of the best vineyard sites on the Mosel. The "Weltersberg", where the grapes for this wine originate from, were classified as a "Grand Cru" at par with the Grand Crus in Burgundy. The small sized berries are the fruits from genuine rootstock vines of an average age of 50 years with very low yield. Since 2006, the winery has been offering its Riesling wine to Germany as well as other foreign markets. Dr. Lippold is a multi-dimensional winemaker/oenologist, who travels throughout the wine producing regions to consult and assist wineries. So the story to tell here is twofold, the man behind the product AND the unique red slate soil (shown) which adds minerals that create a wealth of aromas of spices and fruits, predominantly ripe mango accompanied by familiar peach, apricot, mint and petals. Mosel Rieslings of this level will gain greater complexity in the years to come with proper storage conditions.


"Veteran merchant, commentator, and consultant Dr. Enno Lippold - who is wholeheartedly involved with projects to preserve viticulture in the steep slopes of the Mosel - decided to set an example by acquired some of his own, in the historically renowned so-called Weltersberg portion of the Urziger Wurzgarten (a site rich in fine, iron-rich particulate matter). With a local vintner Benedikt Pfeiffer as hands-on collaborator, he rendered in cask from his inaugural vintage three wines that benefited from extremely gentle handling and lees contact. They are each labeled only with his name and 'Alte Reben' on one side and the details - including the no longer officially-recognized name of the site - rather confusingly concatenated on the other." - 90 Pts. David Schildknecht / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (Feb 2010).

“The Lippold 2008 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese Alte Reben Weltersberg A.P. #2 - harvested, like his other Spatlese, November 9 - offers classic Urzig aromas of kiwi and strawberry tinged with orange zest, caramel, and wood smoke. It comes to the palate with lovely delicacy, subtle creaminess, and a levity and invigoration enhanced by salt and tart fruit skin as well as the impingement of trapped CO2; and finishes with finely-tuned sweetness, dynamic interplay of flavors, and sheer cling.” — 90 Pts. Stephen Tanzer.