J.B. Becker 2016 Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken, Oberberg, Rheingau

Item Number: 12340

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Rheingau
Vineyard Designation: Oberberg
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11
Residual Sugar(g/L): 18.6 g/L
Total Acidity: 8
Soil Type: Clay and loess

Vintage Notes: 2016 is a superb vintage. It is classically structured and threaded with a nervy, sinewy acidity that keeps the wines fresh and buoyant. The ripeness levels were overall lower than the 2015s; thus, Becker’s production is mainly a compelling collection of Kabinetts and Spätlesen. Becker’s Spätlesen taste drier than many winemakers’ dry wines, especially in 2016 with its fine acids. 2016 proved to be Becker’s smallest harvest since he began producing wine in 1971. The average yields for the estate were about 18 hectoliters per hectare.

Tasting Notes: Similar to the Oberberg Kabinett Halbtrocken (which is, after all, it’s little brother), here the ripe dark notes are simply ratcheted up. The wine is more textural, rounder, and deeper.