In a nutshell: A beautiful, crisp, small production Riesling from the Mosel.
The lowdown: AJ Adam are a tiny, almost 'micro', winery with just 5 hectares of very fine, very steep vineyards in the Dhron Valley in the Mosel. Andreas Adam works with exceptional fruit in a minimal interventionist way and produces some excellent Feinherb style Rieslings. Feinherb is an unregulated designation but it essentially means a wine with a little sweetness, but coupled with refreshing, bright acidity AJ Adam have produced a really lively and welcoming wine. Complex aromas of lime, grapefruit and white spice that follow onto the palate with crisp, zesty acidity, ending in a creamy finish. Really well put together and very drinkable!
When to drink: Can work well with more flavoursome dishes such as pork belly cooked with Asian spices.
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.