Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese 2012
This vineyard is so steep that, long ago, stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener. The resulting wine is dense, intensely flavored andrich on the palate, but balanced by Riesling's naturally crisp acidity and the muscular structure that comes from the red slate soil of the Erdener Treppchen vineyard.