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Archive for June, 2009
Check out these Silvaners and see if you love them as much as we do. The Villa Wolf is a Loosen wine. The Horst Sauers and the Ludwig Knolls are from the “Friends of Ernst Loosen” collection. Wondering where to find them? See our website for a list of distributors, or you can search online.
Try it Out – Average retail $12.
2007 Villa Wolf Silvaner
Becoming Friends – Average retail $20
2007 Ludwig Knoll (Weingut am Stein) Silvaner
Getting Serious – Average retail $30
2007 Horst Sauer Silvaner Kabinett Escherndorfer Lump
May 30, 2009 – Ernst Loosen recounts the history of his great grandfather, a major wine grower in the middle Mosel area.
Recently, Loosen Bros, USA started to import a bit of Silvaner (spelled “Sylvaner” in Alsace, but it’s the same grape) from Germany. We have fallen completely in love with the variety and, since we didn’t have enough to do promoting Riesling, we decided to bring some in. In addition to an entry level Silvaner that Ernst Loosen produces at Villa Wolf winery in the Pfalz region, we’re bringing in a few wines from two good friends of his in the Franken region: Horst Sauer and Ludwig Knoll. We think Franken (aka Franconia) is where Silvaner really shows its best.
This year, Germany is celebrating 350 years of Silvaner. It’s probably been around a lot longer, but the first documented mention of the variety was in 1659. The Franken region, especially, is going all out with a lot of Silvaner events all year. The main event is the International Silvaner Symposium in Würzburg, Sept. 10-13. There’s even a “Silvaner Beach Party” on Aug. 8.
We think Silvaner might have the potential to be the new hip wine in your cellar, at the wine bar, over dinner. Why not join in the celebration? Try a bottle soon and let us know what you think. Better yet, visit Franken in September and partake at the parties.
~ Kirk Wille, Vice President, Loosen Bros. USA
Ernie Loosen is in Bordeaux at VinExpo today. You’ll find him “hanging out” at the German Wine Institute booth.
If you’re at Vin Expo, stop by and say hi!
Dr. Loosen fan (may we call you such?) Tyler Haas, sent us this pic and the following email….
I spotted some of Dr. Loosen’s Erdener Treppchen pradikatsweins (I’m
sure I mis-spelled that — mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut, as it were)
while out shopping, and snapped the attached picture. At the
suggestion of the saleswoman (the one whose picture is on the shelf
with the wine), I picked up the ’07 auslese to go with a celebratory
meal of spicy Thai curry.
It was, quite honestly, one of the best white wines I’ve ever had –
right up there with Chateau Carbonnieux ’03 and ’05. Gorgeous lime
acidity underlying ripe peach, and typical Mosel slate as a backdrop.
Absolutely excellent with spicy lime-based food.
Oh, and pardon the poor quality of the picture — I snapped one in the
store, and was too busy enjoying the wine to take one while drinking!
– Tyler Haas
Review of our 2005 Riesling Beerenauslese by Michael Wanbickler of The Tawny Times.
Twitter @tthaas (self-described wine geek and abuser of parentheses) on WineWednesday today asked us to say a little more about our Erdener Treppchen. Thanks for asking, Tyler! Here goes…
The Erdener Treppchen vineyard (The Little Staircase of Erden) is so steep that stone steps were built into the hillside long ago to help workers reach the vines.
The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with intense minerality on the finish.
Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener Sonnenuhr. They benefit greatly from a few years in the bottle to develop fully.
Wines produced: Riesling Kabinett, Riesling Spätlese, Riesling Auslese, Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule, Riesling Beerenauslese, Riesling Eiswein.
May 30, 2009 – Join Ernst Loosen (of Weingut Dr. Loosen) as he talks about the Roman past of the Mosel Valley during a river cruise with a group of U.S. customers.
May 30, 2009 — Join Ernst Loosen on a boat traveling the Mosel River and hear him describing the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard for a group of U.S. customers.