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Wittmann Riesling Westhofener Kirchspiel Grosses Gewächs 2018

Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
JS 97
DE 95
JG 93
WS 93
FWR 93
13.0% ABV
Item # 340806

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750ml
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97 points Stuart Pigott (JamesSuckling.com): "Philipp Wittmann not only is one of the greatest German white wine producers, in my experience he is one of my favorites worldwide. Demand is high, but the wines, especially the estate wines, are worth seeking out. (9/16/19)"

95 points Anne Krebiehl, MW (Decanter): "Gorgeous precision, lemony tautness, sharp linearity: even in 2018 the inherent coolness of the limestone soils in this gently east-south-east facing site afforded these vines immense freshness. Sites which 30 years ago were too cool for greatness now come into their own. The finish is bone-dry and an ode to citrus-purity. Drinking Window: 2022-2040. (Aug 2019)"

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The majority of Philipp Wittman’s parcels in the Kirchspiel lie up at the top of the slope (where Klaus-Peter Keller also makes his GG from). He makes his Kirchspiel GG in twenty-five hundred liter fuders, aging the wine for ten months on its fine lees prior to racking and preparation for bottling. The 2018 Kirchspiel tips the scales at thirteen percent and offers up a lovely, classic nose of tart orange, white peach, wild yeasts, chalky minerality, citrus zest and a topnote of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, good undertow of chalky minerality, bright acids and a long, beautifully balanced and very promising finish. Whereas the Niersteiner Riesling Trocken is already drinking really well at this early age, this excellent example of Kirchspiel is still a puppy and deserves several years in the cellar to start to blossom and hit on all cylinders. It will be outstanding in due course. 2026-2055. (Jul/Aug 2020)"

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lean and tightly wound, featuring intense minerally and savory notes up front. This firmly structured version will need time to relax and allow all its elements to shine. The potential is revealed midpalate, where orchard and stone fruit flavors emerge, followed by a long, stony aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2033. 400 cases made. (6/30/20)"

93 points Fine Wine Review: "Philipp Wittmann not only is one of the greatest German white wine producers, in my experience he is one of my favorites worldwide. Demand is high, but the wines, especially the estate wines, are worth seeking out. The wines are certified biodynamic and organic... Peach and apricot, sensual, round, smooth, deep."
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97 points Stuart Pigott (JamesSuckling.com): "Philipp Wittmann not only is one of the greatest German white wine producers, in my experience he is one of my favorites worldwide. Demand is high, but the wines, especially the estate wines, are worth seeking out. (9/16/19)"

95 points Anne Krebiehl, MW (Decanter): "Gorgeous precision, lemony tautness, sharp linearity: even in 2018 the inherent coolness of the limestone soils in this gently east-south-east facing site afforded these vines immense freshness. Sites which 30 years ago were too cool for greatness now come into their own. The finish is bone-dry and an ode to citrus-purity. Drinking Window: 2022-2040. (Aug 2019)"

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The majority of Philipp Wittman’s parcels in the Kirchspiel lie up at the top of the slope (where Klaus-Peter Keller also makes his GG from). He makes his Kirchspiel GG in twenty-five hundred liter fuders, aging the wine for ten months on its fine lees prior to racking and preparation for bottling. The 2018 Kirchspiel tips the scales at thirteen percent and offers up a lovely, classic nose of tart orange, white peach, wild yeasts, chalky minerality, citrus zest and a topnote of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of fruit, good undertow of chalky minerality, bright acids and a long, beautifully balanced and very promising finish. Whereas the Niersteiner Riesling Trocken is already drinking really well at this early age, this excellent example of Kirchspiel is still a puppy and deserves several years in the cellar to start to blossom and hit on all cylinders. It will be outstanding in due course. 2026-2055. (Jul/Aug 2020)"

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lean and tightly wound, featuring intense minerally and savory notes up front. This firmly structured version will need time to relax and allow all its elements to shine. The potential is revealed midpalate, where orchard and stone fruit flavors emerge, followed by a long, stony aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2033. 400 cases made. (6/30/20)"

93 points Fine Wine Review: "Philipp Wittmann not only is one of the greatest German white wine producers, in my experience he is one of my favorites worldwide. Demand is high, but the wines, especially the estate wines, are worth seeking out. The wines are certified biodynamic and organic... Peach and apricot, sensual, round, smooth, deep."
Product SKU 340806
Producer Wittmann
Country Germany
Region Rheinhessen
Varietal Riesling
Designation Grosses Gewachs
Vintage 2018
Size 750ml
Color White
ABV 13.0%
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