Stein Riesling Alfer Hölle '1900' Spätlese 2018
100% Riesling. Ulli Stein is a true bohemian who lives in a beautiful inn on the top of a mountain overlooking the Mosel – he and his wife own the inn. It’s interesting that while Ulli’s wines are not widely known in the U.S., he has nothing less than a fanatical following in Europe. He could likely sell every last bottle to his friends in Germany alone, yet there are places of some importance, like Noma in Copenhagen, that are dedicated Stein fanatics. Stein’s “1900” bottling is one of the more extraordinary wines of the Mosel. Here we have a historic site, the second oldest producing Riesling vineyard in the Mosel with just over 1,000 vines planted in the year 1900 (thus the name of the cuvée). This is a vineyard Ulli Stein tends like a garden. If you let it open up for a couple hours, it has extraordinary complexity and uncanny balance. It is wines like this that simply transcend those easy categories we use to organize the world and our experiences.