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2004 Kesseler, August Riesling Trocken
about this wine:
Kesseler's Riesling comes from the Rüdesheimer Berg (Hugh Johnson calls this hill "germany's most magnificent vineyard") and from the lorcher Berg. Here the Riesling finds optimal ripening conditions. The mild climate and a long vegetative period are perfect for optimally ripe fruit. The soils are porous and force the grapevine to root deeply which bears two precious advantages: During dry years, grapevines can still reach necessary groundwater, and secondly wet years can't harm the vines. After being gently pressed, the Riesling is fermented and vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels of various sizes. Lots are kept separate until bottling to preserve the terroir.
Experience gained in winegrowing regions in the USA and France has taught August Kesseler the value in placing great importance on quality - improv-ing measures in the vineyard and in the cellar, which restore the characteristic flavor to the Assman-shäuser Spätburgun-der - a flavor which once made it world-famous - and which give the Riesling from the Rüdesheimer Berg a good balance between the typical acidity and the natural residual sugar.
"Not many years ago, August Kesseler was vinifying - in addition to the Pinot Noirs for which he has long been known - almost entirely dry Rieslings that were seldom seen outside Germany. Nowadays, he is reveling in residually sweet Rieslings and has launched an aggressive export program with the intention of becoming a major force in the U.S. market. Given the amazing price/quality rapport of some of the wines I tasted, he should succeed brilliantly in that endeavor." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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