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Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Ungsberg 2012

ID No: 441692
Country:Germany
Region:Mosel
Grape Type:Riesling
Winery:Richard Bocking
Organic:Yes
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Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Ungsberg 2013 is 100 percent Riesling. 

This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit (pineapple, lemon and peach) and mineral flavors. Noticeable is a round and rich texture supported by focused slate. This wine can be enjoyed now and through 2015.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 grams / liter,
Acidity: 7.0 grams / liter TA
High bearing potential

 

Fruit: 100% Riesling Appellation: Traben Trarbach, Germany Vineyard: The fruit for this wine comes from our sustainably farmed vineyards covered in blue and brown slate and quartz. The Ungsberg is known for the extreme pitch of the slopes high above the Mosel River. This wine comes exclusively from old vines (40-60 years old) and from a single vineyard. Vines have been grown on this spot since the 16th Century. Harvest Dates: November 2, 2012; after the first frost. Production Notes: The fruit for this wine is deep, rich and intense, produced only from the best and oldest vines in this vineyard (40-60 years old). It is carefully hand picked later in the season to allow for ideal ripeness. All fruit is painstakingly hand sorted to allow only the best grapes to be crushed for the Single Cru. The juice is fermented by natural occurring yeast only- no added cultures- slowly at cold temperatures until the perfect balance of acidity and fruit is reached. The wine was aged sur lies for 10 months, then aged 100% German in oak barrels. This wine was bottled at the End of July 2013.

 

 


Review:

Bottled with 18 grams of residual sugar and 12% alcohol, the 2013 Trarbacher Schlossberg Riesling Alte Reben opens with an intensely floral and concentrated bouquet, whereas its pure, deep, ripe and concentrated fruit aromas (maracuya) emerge only slowly but very precisely. There is a certain relationship to the Chenin Blancs from Svennières, perhaps. Full-bodied, powerful and complex on the palate, this remarkable rich but pure, delicate and well-balanced Riesling from ungrafted, 80-year-old vines on grey and blue slate with quartzite inclusions, reveals a persistent and salty finish which makes this, maybe, the most impressive (but also most powerful) wine of the recently revitalized estate, so far. - Robert Parker 90 Points
 

 Wine Advocate: 90
Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Burgberg 2012

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Burgberg 2012 is 100 percent Riesling. 

This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit (pineapple, lemon and peach) and mineral flavors. Noticeable is a round and rich texture supported by focused slate. This wine can be enjoyed now and through 2015.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 grams / liter,
Acidity: 7.0 grams / liter TA
High bearing potential

Fruit: 100% Riesling Appellation: Traben Trarbach, Germany Vineyard: The fruit for this wine comes from our sustainably farmed vineyards covered in blue and brown slate and quartz. The Ungsberg is known for the extreme pitch of the slopes high above the Mosel River. This wine comes exclusively from old vines (40-60 years old) and from a single vineyard. Vines have been grown on this spot since the 16th Century. Harvest Dates: November 2, 2012; after the first frost. Production Notes: The fruit for this wine is deep, rich and intense, produced only from the best and oldest vines in this vineyard (40-60 years old). It is carefully hand picked later in the season to allow for ideal ripeness. All fruit is painstakingly hand sorted to allow only the best grapes to be crushed for the Single Cru. The juice is fermented by natural occurring yeast only- no added cultures- slowly at cold temperatures until the perfect balance of acidity and fruit is reached. The wine was aged sur lies for 10 months, then aged 100% German in oak barrels. This wine was bottled at the End of July 2013.

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Ungsberg Riesling 2014

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Ungsberg is made 100 % Riesling

This riesling is made from grapes coming from a single-vineyard in the Ungsberg part of the Trarbach's vineyards. It is located in prime location along the Mosel River, and the vines are older as well, producing not only little quantity, but also higher quality. Here the soils is not blue slate, but rather grey slate. This gives the wine an interesting balance with an elegant structure and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Ripe aromas of pineapple, lemon and peach.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 g / l,
High bearing potential
production 1300 bottles


Reviews:

This legally dry bottling from 40-year-old vines on a steep site along the Kautenbach side valley delivers abundant juiciness of tangy grapefruit and lime, mingling on a firm palate with saliva-inducing mineral salts, piquant citrus seed and invigoratingly pungent green herbs. The gripping, animated finish suggests a mouthwatering infusion of oyster liquor. - Vinous 90 Points

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 90
Product Description

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Ungsberg 2012 is made 100 % Riesling

This riesling is made from grapes coming from a single-vineyard in the Ungsberg part of the Trarbach's vineyards. It is located in prime location along the Mosel River, and the vines are older as well, producing not only little quantity, but also higher quality. Here the soils is not blue slate, but rather grey slate. This gives the wine an interesting balance with an elegant structure and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Ripe aromas of pineapple, lemon and peach.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 g / l,
High bearing potential
production 1300 bottles


Reviews:

Dusty mineral, subtle almond and concentrated lemon as well as bright vegetal flavors characterize the clear and pure nose of the pale-yellow 2012 Trarbacher Ungsberg Riesling Alte Reben. It comes from a very steep vineyard with 40-year-old vines rooting in grey, blue and brown slate soils with quartzite inclusions. On the palate this is a dense, compact, piquant and dry (though 10.8 grams per liter residual sugar is legally not dry in Europe), medium to full-bodied Riesling with a demanding complexity and purity. Still very young in the beginning, the finish of this seemingly lean, but elegant and complex wine, is salty, slightly drying (due to its quartzite-coined minerality) and gives early hints of maturity. This is a very gastronomic new entry in the Wine Advocate that should not be overlooked. 1,300 bottles produced.-Robert Parker 90 Points

 

Whiffs of candle wax and lime zest accent pretty floral notes on this slightly off-dry Riesling. Flavors of yellow cherries and peach are juicy and ripe on the palate, extended through the finish with steely streaks of mineral and acid. It’s an elegant wine with power and complexity.  — A.I.  (12/1/2014)

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (December 2014), 91 pts

Winery: Richard Bocking

The Weingut Richard Bocking Winery

Our story embraces Classic Viticulture on the steep slopes of the Mosel River Valley with a 15-generation family tradition.

The extremely steep, slate-laced hillsides in the central region of the Mosel River offer optimal conditions for producing great Riesling wines. Since 1624 the Böcking Family has been devoted to producing wines of the highest quality – crisp, fruity wines that are the finest a Riesling enthusiast could desire. 

The roots of the Böcking family can be traced to the early 17th Century, when the family was appointed regional treasurer under Prince Pfälz-Zweibrücken. Soon thereafter, the family became active in the budding wine production and trading business in Trarbach, purchasing what may be the oldest Riesling vineyard on the Mosel, the Trabacher Ungsberg. The Trarbacher Schlossberg vineyard was acquired soon thereafter.

 

The Böcking family has lived, loved and passed down the tradition of winemaking, along with portions of four steep-slope vineyards, to successive generations. It is their experience and dedication, combined with decades-old vines growing on rich, mineral soils, that allow the family to continue to produce the finest Mosel Riesling wines.

Recently, Denman Zirkle and daughter Sigrid Carroll, a direct descendant of Richard Böcking purchased the Estate from a cousin, Wolf von Marschall. Denman, along with his daughter, Sigrid Carroll, Wolf’s sister, Leweke von Marschall, and the winegrower, Simon Trös, combined tradition and history with confidence and entrepreneurial vision to lead the family enterprise into the future and reestablish its international following. Their focus is on natural viticulture and production, developing mostly drier Riesling wines to suit contemporary tastes in Germany and abroad.

In 2013, after almost 400 years, Böcking wines were introduced to the U.S. market for the first time.  Importation into the United Kingdom began the following year.

In Germany, Böcking wines are being distributed by several large merchants, including Weinkontor Freund ( http://www.weinkontor-freund.de ), one of the largest in Germany. Freund serves over 2,000 restaurants and retail clients, many high end.  Until 2014, Freund specialized in wines from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.  When he added Germany in 2014, Richard Böcking is the only winery on the Mosel he chose to represent."

 

In the United States, Böcking is represented by importer Kysela Pere et Fils, named Importer of the Year in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The wines are currently being distributed in the Mid-Atlantic states, District of Columbia, and Montana. Please click here see where to purchase our wines.

The Weingut Richard Bocking Vineyards
The character of the wines is shaped by the distinctive Grand Cru, steep slope vineyards of which Richard Böcking has 15 acres under cultivation. The plantings are 95% Riesling and 5% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Of the five vineyards: Ungsberg, Burgberg, Schlossberg, Huenerberg and Taubenhaus, four are classified as Grand Cru with vintage vines up to 80 years old. The age of the vines force the roots of these grape vines deep into the ground for water and nutrition. Thus, the vines are constantly absorbing their nutrition, even during unseasonably dry periods. The constant nourishment provides vines that are strong, disease resistant, and produce small, compact grapes with an unusual concentration of fruit. 

Richard Böcking develops their wines by hand, from the vineyard to the bottle. Unadulterated; with an originality that can be produced only in a natural vineyard environment. From this tenet springs Böcking's fundamental philosophy—a philosophy of allowing a wine to develop naturally. In the steep-slope vineyards, this philosophy means the small vineyard parcels are cultivated individually and by hand. All wines are developed as bio-dynamically as possible, using naturally occurring yeast and introducing only the sparest amount of sulfur. This meticulous attention to natural agriculture and production creates beautifully finished wines while sustaining the vineyards for the future.

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Ripe aromas of pineapple, lemon and peach.

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Reviews:

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 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 90
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This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit (pineapple, lemon and peach) and mineral flavors. Noticeable is a round and rich texture supported by focused slate. This wine can be enjoyed now and through 2015.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 grams / liter,
Acidity: 7.0 grams / liter TA
High bearing potential

 

Fruit: 100% Riesling Appellation: Traben Trarbach, Germany Vineyard: The fruit for this wine comes from our sustainably farmed vineyards covered in blue and brown slate and quartz. The Ungsberg is known for the extreme pitch of the slopes high above the Mosel River. This wine comes exclusively from old vines (40-60 years old) and from a single vineyard. Vines have been grown on this spot since the 16th Century.

The fruit for this wine is deep, rich and intense, produced only from the best and oldest vines in this vineyard (40-60 years old). It is carefully hand picked later in the season to allow for ideal ripeness. All fruit is painstakingly hand sorted to allow only the best grapes to be crushed for the Single Cru. The juice is fermented by natural occurring yeast only- no added cultures- slowly at cold temperatures until the perfect balance of acidity and fruit is reached. The wine was aged sur lies for 10 months, then aged 100% German in oak barrels.  


Review:

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This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit (pineapple, lemon and peach) and mineral flavors. Noticeable is a round and rich texture supported by focused slate. This wine can be enjoyed now and through 2015.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 grams / liter,
Acidity: 7.0 grams / liter TA
High bearing potential

Fruit: 100% Riesling Appellation: Traben Trarbach, Germany Vineyard: The fruit for this wine comes from our sustainably farmed vineyards covered in blue and brown slate and quartz. The Ungsberg is known for the extreme pitch of the slopes high above the Mosel River. This wine comes exclusively from old vines (40-60 years old) and from a single vineyard. Vines have been grown on this spot since the 16th Century. Harvest Dates: November 2, 2012; after the first frost. Production Notes: The fruit for this wine is deep, rich and intense, produced only from the best and oldest vines in this vineyard (40-60 years old). It is carefully hand picked later in the season to allow for ideal ripeness. All fruit is painstakingly hand sorted to allow only the best grapes to be crushed for the Single Cru. The juice is fermented by natural occurring yeast only- no added cultures- slowly at cold temperatures until the perfect balance of acidity and fruit is reached. The wine was aged sur lies for 10 months, then aged 100% German in oak barrels. This wine was bottled at the End of July 2013.

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Burgberg 2013

Richard Bocking Alte Reben Trarbacher Ungsberg 2013 is 100 percent Riesling. 

This close-to-dry wine displays the perfect balance between pure, rich fresh fruit (pineapple, lemon and peach) and mineral flavors. Noticeable is a round and rich texture supported by focused slate. This wine can be enjoyed now and through 2015.

Alcohol 12% vol
Residual sugar 10.8 grams / liter,
Acidity: 7.0 grams / liter TA
High bearing potential

 

Fruit: 100% Riesling Appellation: Traben Trarbach, Germany Vineyard: The fruit for this wine comes from our sustainably farmed vineyards covered in blue and brown slate and quartz. The Ungsberg is known for the extreme pitch of the slopes high above the Mosel River. This wine comes exclusively from old vines (40-60 years old) and from a single vineyard. Vines have been grown on this spot since the 16th Century. Harvest Dates: November 2, 2012; after the first frost. Production Notes: The fruit for this wine is deep, rich and intense, produced only from the best and oldest vines in this vineyard (40-60 years old). It is carefully hand picked later in the season to allow for ideal ripeness. All fruit is painstakingly hand sorted to allow only the best grapes to be crushed for the Single Cru. The juice is fermented by natural occurring yeast only- no added cultures- slowly at cold temperatures until the perfect balance of acidity and fruit is reached. The wine was aged sur lies for 10 months, then aged 100% German in oak barrels. This wine was bottled at the End of July 2013.

 

 


Review:

Bottled with 18 grams of residual sugar and 12% alcohol, the 2013 Trarbacher Schlossberg Riesling Alte Reben opens with an intensely floral and concentrated bouquet, whereas its pure, deep, ripe and concentrated fruit aromas (maracuya) emerge only slowly but very precisely. There is a certain relationship to the Chenin Blancs from Svennières, perhaps. Full-bodied, powerful and complex on the palate, this remarkable rich but pure, delicate and well-balanced Riesling from ungrafted, 80-year-old vines on grey and blue slate with quartzite inclusions, reveals a persistent and salty finish which makes this, maybe, the most impressive (but also most powerful) wine of the recently revitalized estate, so far. - Robert Parker 90 Points
 

 Wine Advocate: 90
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 Wine Advocate: 100