2017 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Spätlese


Stuart Pigott: 96/100
Mosel Fine Wines: 94/100
Wine Advocate: 93/100

“This is a very sexy picture-book Spätlese from the Hofberg”



Professional reviews:

Stuart Pigott (jamessuckling.com): “This may still be slightly funky from the wild ferment, but it’s a Mosel masterpiece. It’s packed with an entire spectrum of fruits ranging from apples to tropical fruits. Delicate herbal notes, too. The major concentration shows at the extremely long, complex finish. Better from 2019 and with long aging potential.” 96/100 pts

Mosel Fine Wines (By Jean Fisch and David Rayer): “The 2017er Dhroner Hofberg Spätlese was harvested at 92° Oechsle in a prime parcel planted in the 1950s. It delivers a beautiful nose of whipped cream, vineyard peach, smoke, almond, earl grey and yellow plum. The wine offers great, almost concentrated presence on the mid-palate, yet a juicy and racy kick of acidity adds layers upon layers of freshness and intensity to the finish. This is a great success! 2027-2047” 94/100 pts

Wine Advocate: “The 2017 Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Spätlese is from a warmer but slatey part of the Hofberg closer to the Mosel and was picked in October (later than the Kabinett) at 94° Oechsle. It has a clear, fresh citrus color and opens with an intense, ripe but fine and slightly reductive bouquet of white and yellow stone fruit and buttered, stewed apples. On the palate, this is a mouth-filling, refined, elegant, harmonious and very fine Spätlese with a creamy texture and a salty-piquant, crystalline finish. This is a very sexy picture-book Spätlese from the Hofberg that already drinks very well and quite surely will continue to do so over the next 20+ years. Tasted in April 2019. (SR)” 93/100 pts

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