2015 Schafer-Frohlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spatlese Gold Capsule
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $44.94 (reg. $49.94)
Tim Frohlich is today considered “one of Germany’s star wine makers” (Wine Advocate) thanks to his exceptional lineup of cellar worthy Riesling. 2015 was in Frohlich’s words, the “finest vintage of my career” and old vine bottlings like his Gold Capsule Spatlese demonstrate the magic and nobility of great Riesling. Acclaim for Frohlich’s Riesling is unanimous, and today’s Felseneck Gold Capsule is an epiphany level Spatlese at a best-in-US price that puts it in reach of nearly anyone looking to stock their cellar.
The Nahe’s jagged volcanic topography and steep terraced vineyards are terrific for growing quality Riesling. The Gold Capsule is Frohlich’s top Spatlese and the level of energy coursing through the glass balances out the residual sugar to such a degree that it feels completely integrated and stunningly effortless. With a remarkable bouquet that can only come from old vine material on perfectly tended vineyards, this is the kind of Riesling you can lose yourself in!
Tim Frohlich’s rise to the top as been precipitous, with the German Wine Guide naming him newcomer of the year in 2005 and then in 2010, the youngest ever Winemaker of the Year. Under 50 bucks for the top Spatlese from a producer like Frohlich is a phenomenal deal, and at $44.94, this is the lowest price you’ll find anywhere. Stock up and savor over the next 15+ years