Peter Lauer 2017 Fass 12 Unterstenberg Riesling, Saar

Peter Lauer 2017 Fass 12 Unterstenberg Riesling, Saar

Item Number: 12465

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Unterstenberg
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

This is an off-dry Riesling.

2017 Vintage Notes: "The 2017 vintage was small, courtesy of a frost which hit much of Northern Europe and affected the yields. But the vintage turned out to be a beautiful one, even if it was far from homogeneous as rot played a role at the beginning of the harvest. Acidity and intensity made for some superb off-dry Riesling in 2017." - Mosel Fine Wines #44

Winemaking Notes: Florian is a minimalist in their cellar. The only interventions are temperature control, a clarification prior to fermentation, and battonage (stirring of the lees). The grapes ferment spontaneously with native yeast. Lees contact is allowed as well as some partial malolactic fermentation. As he describes it, "I don't look for malo but I don't avoid try to avoid it. It just happens in parallel." This approach takes the edge out of the acidity, and if done with care, doesn’t add simplifying lactic notes.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92 - 93) (4/27/2018)

    From the bottom of the Kupp, so on deeper slate soils, and bottled with 12 grams of residual sugar, the 2017 Ayler Kupp Unterstenberg "Fass 12" has a clear and aromatic bouquet with clayey slate and refreshing citrus aromas. Piquant, pure and fresh on the palate, this is a lush and round yet dry and mineral Riesling with a long, aromatic, powerful yet finessed finish with salty and mouthwatering minerals.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (10/24/2019)

    While harboring 13 grams of residual sugar and only around seven grams of acidity, this bottling – only one part of which underwent malolactic transformation – nonetheless comes off as virtually dry-tasting. Crunch, pungency and incisiveness of apple skin, lime peel, apple seed, mustard seed and ginger lend invigoration and animation to a midpalate that also exhibits both generous honeydew melon juiciness and alluring subtle creaminess. The finish glows with piquant intensity while adding mouthwatering salinity and not neglecting Riesling’s fundamental duty to refresh. Here is one of the few instances where a Lauer 2017 strikes me as superior to the corresponding 2016. I suspect bottles will enjoy a good run in anyone’s cellar.