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Weingut Bastgen Blauschiefer (Blue Slate) Riesling 2008 (Mosel, Germany) - Wine Spectator [90]
Weingut Bastgen Blauschiefer (Blue Slate) Riesling 2008 (Mosel, Germany)


 


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Winery: Weingut Bastgen
Varietal: Riesling
Region: Mosel, Germany
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BASTGENBLAUSCHIEFERRIESLIN08-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:

The property was founded in 1850 and is located in the tiny hamlet of Monzel, along the middle Mosel. The current owners are Armin Vogel (husband) and Mona Bastgen (wife) who began working in the winery in 1993. The average total production is 3,300 cases. They export mainly to Germany, Swiss, U.K and the U.S. Also, their wines are bottled in screwcaps.

They meticulously tend 4.5 ha (11.11 acres) of which 80% is Riesling. The soil is made of slate. Their vineyards are located in Kesten and Brauneberg, on a steep terrace, and planted to 50-year old vines. Fortunately for Bastgen, they own part of the famous Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr. The vines produce very small, ripe berries that are very tasty.


What Does It Taste Like?

Bright, clean, fresh and zesty. Grapefruit like flavors. Fruity aromas and a nice minerality, typical of the Riesling grape grown on blue slate soil. Round, rich and a very long finish.


Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Apricot, passion fruit, spice and mineral notes mingle in this juicy Riesling. Crisp and balanced, with a lingering, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2012. 800 cases made." -BS (12/2009)

Washington Post - EXCELLENT, GOOD VALUE! ('06 Vintage)

"A typically dry for Mosel Riesling, "Blauschiefer" refers to the blue-slate soil in the impressively steep vineyards. This wine features apricot, ginger, jasmine and star anise flavors with a nice minerally finish." -Washington Post (Jan. 08)




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