Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wine of the Week - Max Ferd. Richter Zeppelin Riesling

This week Max Ferd. Ritcher's Mülheimer Sonnenlay "Zeppelin" Riesling is featured. Richter Rieslings are known for their elegance and precision and the Richter's Zeppelin is no different. The Mülheimer Sonnenlay vineyard is the largest single Richter vineyard, and the source of the grapes used for the Zeppelin. The vineyard soil, which lays on top of a dry river bed, is comprised of slate, pebbles, sand and loam; all contributing to the Zeppelin's precise minerality. Opening with notes of apple, citrus and slate stone, this Riesling has rich mouth-filling flavors of juicy orchard fruits and elements of zest and spice. In addition, the beautiful art work on the label was inspired  by the luxurious airships “Graf Zeppelin” and “Hindenburg” in which Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling was served in the 1920's and 30's.

The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. Strict attention to quality and detail is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.

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