In a nutshell: A dry, crisp, small production Riesling from the Dhron Valley in the Mosel.
The lowdown: Made by the really good, and really small (just 5 hectares of very steep vineyards) Weingut A.J. Adam run by brother and sister Andreas and Barbara, this is a Trocken, or dry, style Riesling from old vines of about 45 years from the renowned Hofberg site. Working in a minimal interventionist way the grapes are picked in mid-October and then gently pressed before half is vinified in stainless steel and the other half in Fuders (large traditional oak casks) with ageing on lees. Bone dry, lean and tense at first then opening up with riper more tropical notes, a lovely honeyed ripeness and a creamy textural quality to the body, thanks to the lees aging.
92/100 - Vinous Antonio Galloni
When to drink: A super dry Riesling, try with sushi or Thai dishes.
Andreas Adam's winery is in the Drohn Valley, a tributary of the Mosel, and not too far from the border with Luxembourg. The steep, southwest facing slopes on which many of their vineyards lie have long been recognized as premium locations. However many of them, including Andreas', fell into disuse in the 60s and 70s with the movement of many people to employment in the cities rather than the hard to work vineyards of the area. Andreas' grandfather owned a small parcel of vines from where, at the age of 21 in the year 2000, Andreas produced his first vintage. In the subsequent years he acquired further vineyards and now has a total of 5 hectares across the the Drohn and Piesporter areas. Andreas now runs the estate along with his sister Barbara and between them they produce some excellent Mosel wines, the only downside being that, because of their small size, they only seen in limited quantities.