The Date and Time: Wednesday April 27, 2016 2PM to 5 PM
The Event: Dr. Loosen Masterclass Mosel Tasting of Riesling and Pfalz Pinot Noir, with Ernst Loosen.
The Venue: Select Wines Office
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are at Vintages or LCBO general listing; others are TBD or private order.
The Quote/Background: Ernst talked about his Washington State venture with Chateau Ste. Michelle, emphasizing the similarities of terrain and micro-climates. In Mosel, he insists on fully mature fruit that has been strictly selected and with minimal technology. Sustainability and organic principles are also followed.
The Wines: Of course, Germany is the largest producer of Riesling wines in the world.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling GG (Great Growth) Dry 2014, TBD
-Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2015 Bernkastel, +160846, $22.95 8% ABV
-Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett Single Vineyard Old Vines 2014, TBD 7.5% ABV
-Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett Single Vineyard Old Vines 2014, TBD 7.5% ABV
-Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Single Vineyard Old Vines 2014, TBD 7.5% ABV, $40 – 50 TBD
-Dr. Loosen Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Single Vineyard Old Vines 2014, TBD 7.5% ABV $60 TBD
-Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese Single Vineyard Old Vines 2005, +62778, $108.25 375 mL bottle
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Dr. L Riesling Sparkling NV, +296095, $14.95
-Dr. L Riesling Dry 2015 Mosel, +423566, $13.95
-Dr. L Riesling 2014 Mosel, +599274, $13.95
-Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Mosel Single Vineyard 2015 Bernkasteler, TBD $25 - 30 7.5% ABV
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-E Loosen Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2014 Pfalz, +291971, $12.95
-E Loosen Villa Wolf Riesling Dry 2014 Pfalz, +394023, $12.95
The Food: international cheeses from the Cheese Boutique, biscuits, breads.
The Downside: Ernst spoke a lot, I wished that I had a recorder.
The Upside: I personally really learned a lot, especially from the very attractive booklet we were given. All of the wines were carefully exp0lained and mapped; the pictures were vivid.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.