Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2016

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 138 g erm A n Y i say that without any doubt in my mind. i say it as a fan of r iesling who has been tasting and working to understand the region for many years now. i say it feeling confident that 20 years from now, you'll be remembering the moment you decided to go deep on 2015s, and you will smile from ear to year. t he ripeness and balance of 2015 developed from a series of events that unfolded throughout the year and blessed the majority of the northern regions. t he m osel, r heinhessen, r heingau and the n ahe were all treated to a perfect natural blend of climatic conditions. t his started with an extremely dry and warm summer, which accelerated the ripening process and prompted the berries to develop thicker skins. Just when growers started to worry that the vintage would suffer from heat and hydric stress, rain came and temperatures regulated. i n the south, this made for an earlier vintage, but in the cooler regions, producers held on and were treated to a harvest season of unheralded perfection. h owever, before you go out and buy all of your favorite g rosses g ewächs and t rocken-style wines, heed my one warning; 2015 g erman r iesling is all about the classic p rädikat-styled wines. i n other words, wines with residual sugar. We aren't talking about "sweet" wines (however those are off the charts as well); what we're talking about are the styles of f einherb, Kabinett and s patlese. t hese are wines that carry varying degrees of residual sugar, but it's a sweetness that you often don't perceive, because the acidity and fruit concentration of the wine balance everything out to a tee. t hat is the magic of the 2015 vintage. ✦ If you love Classic German riesling, then hold onto your seat, because 2015 in Germany is easily the best young vintage that I have ever tasted. The v in T age We've b een Wai T ing For 2015 g er M an r iesling

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