Wonders await on the Ayler Kupp. (Photo courtesy Cari Bernard)

Lauer Power! Another Crackling Vintage for the Saar.

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2020 is shaping up to be another excellent vintage in Germany, from both a quality (and scarcity) standpoint. The wines we've been fortunate enough to taste combine concentrated fruit, detailed minerality and an airy, lifted character to the aromatics—what lovers of Riesling want. And while the much-lauded 2019s were flamboyant, in 2020 Florian Lauer has delivered similarlly compelling wines that are filigreed and nuanced rather than extravagant , but equally compelling. There's real grace and verve here, not to mention, tension and balance, even if quantities are miniscule. For longtime fans of the estate, 2020 is another vintage to snap up what little wine that has reached our shelves for the table and the cellar. John McIlwain

 

PRE-ARRIVAL: Wines arrive Friday 11/19

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 6 'Senior'

Lauer ‘Senior’ is Florian’s nod to making a style of wine his grandfather (Peter Lauer Sr.) would enjoy. His aim is to make a feinherb, wine for the table from 70-year-old, ungrafted vines on the Kupp.Just a bit drier than Feinherb and a shade sweeter than trocken, Lauer ‘Senior’ offers a fine entry in the the Lauer lineup with just a bit more sap and substance than the delicious Barrel X. The wines is a pale yellow with shades of green. The nose offers an array of citrus peel, cool herb, bracken, and green tea aromas. The just-shy-of-midweight palate features tangerine and grapefruit peel flavors with notes of white cherry, lime skin and salt with a note of phenolic bitterness on the the rising, lifting finish. The pinpoint balance between savory mineral character and thirst-slaking fruit and acidity is compelling and beckons for another swirl and another sip. Time in the glass brings a distinct saline quality to the fore. Great energy and value at this level and fabulous with a lemon risotto with shrimp and an arugula salad, though this can navigate the holiday table with ease. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Riesling Fass 3 Feinherb

A feingerb bottling from across the Kupp. Bottled just off-dry under screwcap.

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn Fass 15

Southwest facing Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around. The cooler, windier microclimate and meager soils allow for a later harvest, with the resulting wine offering more fruit and generosity.

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Riesling Kabinett Fass 87 "Special Edition"

Given the propensity of the vintage to produce wonderful Kabinetts, "Fass 87" is a village level Kabinett, if you will and a first time release for us.

  • white off-dry
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 8 Kabinett

Also from the Kupp the Fass 8 Kabinett boasts 50 grams residual sugar with about 10 grams acidity.

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg Fass 12

Covered in eroded gray slate, the south-southwest facing Unterstenberg lieu-dit is the site on the Ayler Kupp that has some of the most water retention due to its location at the foot of the hillside. Fermented to just off-dry in 2020.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Kern Fass 9

From old vines (70 year-old +) across the Kupp.  Per Vom Boden, "Kern" is named after the 19th century industrialist that cleared this more-western part of the Kupp. Typically bottled  off-dry.

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2020 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg Fass 17

From midslope on the Kupp. Fermented nearly dry in 2020.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic