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Strub 'Soil to Soul' Riesling 2018
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This is a white wine imageStrub 'Soil to Soul' Riesling 2018

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Vinous Media 89
"This year’s “Soil to Soul” cuvée offers fragrant and juicy white peach, honeydew melon, mirabelle and Meyer lemon backed by overt but well-judged sweetness, and displays uncommon animation and brightness for a 2018, in keeping with its nearly 10 grams of acidity – something seldom witnessed from this vintage outside of the Greater Mosel, and even there not very often. No wonder, then, that 50 grams of residual sugar are held check. “It’s ... read more
This is a white wine
Item ID: #39116
Shelf at store:60c
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 89
"This year’s “Soil to Soul” cuvée offers fragrant and juicy white peach, honeydew melon, mirabelle and Meyer lemon backed by overt but well-judged sweetness, and displays uncommon animation and brightness for a 2018, in keeping with its nearly 10 grams of acidity – something seldom witnessed from this vintage outside of the Greater Mosel, and even there not very often. No wonder, then, that 50 grams of residual sugar are held check. “It’s important if you’re going to try something like this that you choose the right sites,” noted Sebastian Strub, “which means that south-facing red soil slopes are out of the question.” In the event – as in 2017 – the choice here fell to deep-soiled, calcareous Brückchen and Paterberg, including northerly-exposed portions of the latter, along with the weathered red-soil Rosenberg, on the plateau above Hipping. The finish here is bell-clear, coolingly green-herb-inflected, and refreshing despite its sweetness.-- David Schildknecht"

Tasting Notes
"This wine has now assumed its adult form, a savory wine with moderate RS, impregnated by red-soil elements. There’s nothing in this portfolio that’s quite like it; it feels halfway to food itself.”

The Estate
The vineyard is a paradox: a warm micro-climate yet a cool soil (clay and limestone, slow to warm) gives ripe grapes with high acidity and low pH.

In a region most recently known for high-yielding, innocuous varieties like Sylvaner and Müller-Thurgau that have tainted the reputation of German wine as a whole, Walter Strub and his son Sebastian are crafting transparent, pure expressions of Riesling on slopes along the Rhine River in Nierstein. The Strub family has been making wine in Germany's Rheinhessen region since 1710, Walter Strub is the 11th generation of his family to produce fine Riesling of international repute from the family vineyards.

In Nierstein, production of quality, vineyard-designate wines sits at less than 20%. The best vineyards in Nierstein, and arguably all of the Rheinhessen, lie on a steep south and southeast facing slope along the Rhine River called the Roter Hang (Red Slope), whose Rotliegenden soil produces some of the most terroir specific wines in all of Germany. Rotliegenden soils here are a composition of Permian red sandstone & slate, dating back some 280 million years. A unique set of Grand Cru vineyards here include the Oelberg, Orbel, and Pettenthal, along with a limestone rich vineyard called Brückchen located across the village from the steep red slope. The Strubs generally vinify fruit from the red slope dry, due to the pronounced minerality; while more often producing wines from the Paterberg and Brückchen in a fruity style due to the limestone soils and higher levels of acidity.

Sebastian Strub, fresh from graduating Geisenheim and an apprenticeship at Dönnhoff, has begun making his mark on the winery, bringing the wines into sleek focus. Sebastian has introduced a small filtration to control oxidation, eliminated süssreserve (balance, he believes, is best achieved through blending), and accelerated fermentations, preferring a faster, warmer ‘cleaning’ of the must. Additionally, Sebastian has placed more focus on the family’s vineyard work, including the use of straw coverings between rows to prevent erosion and aid in water retention – a technique he learned while working at Dönnhoff." ~ Winery notes

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Strub WineryIn a region most recently known for high-yielding, innocuous varieties like Sylvaner and Müller-Thurgau that have tainted the reputation of German wine as a whole, Walter Strub and his son Sebastian are crafting transparent, pure expressions of Riesling on slopes along the Rhine River in Nierstein. The Strub family has been making wine in Germany's Rheinhessen region since 1710, Walter Strub is the 11th generation of his family to produce fine Riesling of international repute from the family vineyards.

In Nierstein, production of quality, vineyard-designate wines sits at less than 20%. The best vineyards in Nierstein, and arguably all of the Rheinhessen, lie on a steep south and southeast facing slope along the Rhine River called the Roter Hang (Red Slope), whose Rotliegenden soil produces some of the most terroir specific wines in all of Germany. Rotliegenden soils here are a composition of Permian red sandstone & slate, dating back some 280 million years. A unique set of Grand Cru vineyards here include the Oelberg, Orbel, and Pettenthal, along with a limestone rich vineyard called Brückchen located across the village from the steep red slope. The Strubs generally vinify fruit from the red slope dry, due to the pronounced minerality; while more often producing wines from the Paterberg and Brückchen in a fruity style due to the limestone soils and higher levels of acidity.

Sebastian Strub, fresh from graduating Geisenheim and an apprenticeship at Dönnhoff, has begun making his mark on the winery, bringing the wines into sleek focus. Sebastian has introduced a small filtration to control oxidation, eliminated süssreserve (balance, he believes, is best achieved through blending), and accelerated fermentations, preferring a faster, warmer 'cleaning' of the must. Additionally, Sebastian has placed more focus on the family's vineyard work, including the use of straw coverings between rows to prevent erosion and aid in water retention – a technique he learned while working at Dönnhoff.

Vineyard area: 15 hectares
Annual production: 7,500 cases
Vineyard holdings:
Nierstein – Orbel, Ölberg (red slate and sandstone)
Hipping, Pettenthal (red slate and sandstone)
Rosenberg (red slate and sandstone)
Paterberg (clay and limestone)
Brückchen (clay and limestone)

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