Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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xxx | 153 MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) F lorian l auer has achieved a "Rock Star" level of fame with Riesling lovers around the world. His style, mixing a little bit of the old school with the new, has created a portfolio of unique, site-specific wines that don't adhere to the rules, yet emerge as the top bottlings of nearly every vintage. Precise, crisp and teeming with acid-driven minerality, a l auer Riesling is like pure energy captured in a bottle. m uch of this has to do with the steep inclines, rocky slate soils and cool growing conditions of the family's vineyards, but also Florian's willingness to experiment in the cellar. e ach of his parcels is vinified completely separately in barrels of multiple shapes and sizes, and they are allowed to evolve into a pure expression of the vineyard and the vintage. Because of this, the style of each bottling can vary slightly from year to year, yet through experience we've learned that they always rank among the best wines of the vintage. ✦ Peter Lauer r ies L ing bottle Kabinett Lambertskirch 2017 (1661074) $31 Fass 7 a lyer Kupp Spatlese 2017 (1661075) $37 Neuenberg GG 2017 (1660290) $48 Ge RM a NY 2017 T H e Cu RV e B a LL Vi NT a G e i t seems like no German Riesling vintage is complete without Mother Nature throwing a curveball, and so it was in 2017. a fter an unseasonably warm and early start in the spring, vines were struck with a widespread frost at the end of a pril that reduced yields by up to 18%. Luckily, the vintage went on to be even throughout the summer months and into harvest, allowing growers to pick what fruit they had remaining at their leisure. The result is a vintage that is being compared to 2011 and 2015, with many winemakers touting it as one of the best they've ever witnessed. But be warned, quantities are down, and we expect the 2017 Rieslings to disappear from retailer's shelves rather quickly. R OCK S T a R OF TH e Saa R

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