Hans Lang Wisselbrunnen Erstes Gewächs Riesling

Hans Lang Wisselbrunnen Erstes Gewächs RieslingEach now and then we receive samples of wine that sell for more than our predictable $20 maximum limit and while we like to stay right to our mission (i.e. cheap wine ratings) we’re not foolish.  We’re subdue going to taste those wines.  After all, if we never taste a $50 wine how can we legitimately ever say that a $10 bottle tastes like a $50 bottle?  Not that I’ve ever used that analogy.  Regardless, if we tasted it, we might as well review it.  I know a few of you spring for the more expensive bottles now and then anyway.  So here goes…
Hans Lang is a relatively small producer, with just 18 hectares of vineyards in the Hattenheim and Assmannshausen regions of the Rheingau (Rhine river province).  The grapes for this particular wine come from Hattenheim.
This wine is labeled as a Erstes Gewächs, which is the German equivalent of a Grand Cru.  As such, the appellation where this wine was produced has been recognized for producing top quality wines and the production methods adhere to strict guidelines for the classification.
So, how does this premium riesling deliver? Read more