Vinous (David Schildknecht): “Fresh lime, tangerine and white currant penetrate the nostrils and brightly inform a silken palate. This finishes with alcoholic levity (at 11.5%), impressive concentration and consumate refreshment, hints of smoke and salt serving for invigoration and saliva-inducement.
We really needed that September rain,” relates Werner Schönleber of 2015, noting that young vines in particular had become stressed from the prolonged heat and drought. But he also testifies to mid-September rot that required removal late that month. Like other top Nahe growers, the Schönlebers were able to benefit from the seriously chilly nights that descended in mid-October. Frank Schönleber reports having harvested “stress free” until the end of that month. “The cool late September and then October is what really built aromas,” he concludes. While the number of residually sweet offerings is up slightly from a couple of recent years the volume that wines of this sort represent has declined markedly from the pattern that prevailed here six or eight years ago, a change that is driven by the insatiable thirst, especially among German wine lovers, for the estate’s legally dry offerings. “But then we were promptly sold out of sweet wine,” reports Werner Schönleber – so perhaps he and Frank will think twice next time before so aggressively limiting their volume of these. (For background on this exemplary estate, consult the introduction to my account of its 2014s – speaking of which, those can more than hold their own when tasted alongside this estate’s 2015s.)” 90/100 pts