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Witmann Westhofener Riesling 'Aus Ersten Lagen'
A fascinating and complex wine with a ton of stone fruit, but also mint and other fresh-herb notes, serious concentration and structure. Long, clean, chalky finish. A cuvée of wines from the Morstein and Brunnenhäuschen GG sites. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold. 94 points, Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com
The 2019 Westhofener Riesling "Aus Ersten Lagen" is pure and intense, with a dusty layer of chalk and intensely fruity orange and lemon juice aromas, opening with a pretty distinguished bouquet with remarkable depth and complexity. Intensely juicy and fresh on the palate, this is a pure, citrus-flavored, silky-textured and mouth-filling premier cru (since this year, it is labeled as "1G" like "Erstes Gewächs" or "VDP. Aus Erste Lagen") with a long and complex finish. This is an extraordinary Riesling, and it tastes as if Philipp Wittmann really feels at home here. Fabulous! Tasted as a sample in April 2020. 92-93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
Selected fruit from the best vineyards of the Westhofen hills. The typical limestone minerality of the premier cru vineyards shines through.“With lavish, scintillating aromas, this clarion and expressive Westhofener Riesling is both regal and juicy on the nose. Yellow fruit, heady herbal aromatics with tremendous concentration; tension and power give backbone to an otherwise playful palate. [...] A juicy, enticing character runs through to the round and generous finish, with beautiful echoes of aromatic herbality. Thomas Boxberger Extraprima
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