Dr. Fischer 2006 Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
In really warm years like 2006, wines from the cool Saar valley often excel. This offering shows crisp, refreshing acidity to balance its residual sugar and classic flavors of green apple, lime and pineapple. Under it all is a firm foundation of slate-driven minerality and a fine, linear structure.
Dr. Fischer 2005 Classic Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
From the family’s estate holdings in the Saar, this is a steely, minerally wine, but the ripeness of the vintage has given it a saber’s heft rather than the more typical rapier-like weight. A bit austere, but long, dry and minerally on the finish.
Dr. Fischer 2009 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling (Mosel)
A strong showing for this entry-level offering from the Dr. Fischer estate on the Saar, with some funky passion fruit notes adding character to this creamy-textured, amply concentrated wine. Finishes off-dry, with lingering mineral notes. Hand-picked at kabinett-level ripeness, this is a great value.
Dr. Fischer 2006 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
This is typical kabinett-level ripeness, but in the context of 2006, it comes across as a trifle undernourished. Aromas and flavors of lime, underripe nectarine and melon finish close to dry, marked by refreshing acidity.
Dr. Fischer 2002 Wawerner Herrenberger Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Understated on the nose, with modest scents of petrol and apples. Medium-sweet on the palate, with flavors of corn oil layered over apples and pears. Finishes with a burst of citrus.
Dr. Fischer 2008 Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
There’s admirable ripeness and concentration here but the confected nature of the fruit is distracting. Finishes a bit past short, with a mixed berry note. Best served on its own.
Dr. Fischer 2003 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Slightly green aromas of fern fronds and citrus fruits start things off, and this wine stays light, lean and tart throughout. Mixed citrus fruits—tangerine, lime and grapefruit—finish clean but short.
Dr. Fischer 2003 Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Strong matchstick aromas can’t hide overripe melon flavors and a heavy, dull mouthfeel. This wine tastes as if the fruit was baked, and as a result it lacks zip and vitality.