Riesling from Mosel, Germany
This vineyard is so steep that, long ago, stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener.
Lemon pie and anise character. Juicy and crisp with a very clean, long finish. Better from 2018 and will keep at least a decade.