I hate doing this, honestly, because these wines are so good (GG stands for Grosses Gewachs, Germany’s quality equivalent of a Grand Cru in Burgundy or Bordeaux). In fact, it was a GG Riesling from S.A. Prum at like 6-8 years old (just entering its drinking phase) that I remember as my “aha” moment for ‘serious’ white wines. They’re rich, bone-dry, seriously ageable and, when matured, show some of the most interesting flavors and aromas of any world-class white. We’ve got a total of three bottles (2 of one and 1 of the other) on closeout that I’m chucking in the discount cart today, only because I desperately need the space as we reset some sections. It breaks my heart do devalue these wines but they haven’t been flying off the shelves, and its time. Oh, and look at the ratings!!
2016 Schafer-Frohlich “Felsenberg” Riesling-“Whiffs of wet river rocks and lemon zest introduce this profoundly stony yet fruity dry Riesling. High-toned acidity lends an electric edge to fresh white grapefruit and greengage-plum flavors. Full bodied and mouth filling, it finishes with a long astringent bite of lime zest. Delightful already but sure to improve through 2030, hold much longer.”
95pts James Suckling, 94pts Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection*, 94pts Vinous
2019 Von Winning “Forster Ungeheuer” Riesling-“The 2019 Ungeheuer GG is deep, intense and flinty-mineral on the refined and elegant nose. Full-bodied and creamy on the still yeasty palate, this is a powerful, elegant and refined, complex and sustainable Riesling with iodine flavors on the salty and lemon-fresh finish. This is a great Ungeheuer, and it will age for more than 10 years.”
96pts Robert Parker
These are both on closeout for $50.00/bottle, which is a ridiculous price for the quality that you’re getting. Grab a bottle for your cellar and open several years down the road (though I suspect the 2016 will be approaching drinkability already).