Josef Rosch 2006 Leiwener Klostergarten Kabinett Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
From a little-exported vineyard directly across the river from the Trittenheimer Apotheke, this concentrated, medium-sweet kabinett features intense apple and citrus flavors and a strong undercurrent of minerality. Finishes long, with echoes of stone dust.
Josef Rosch 2007 Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Josef Rosch 2008 Leiwener Klostergarten Kabinett Riesling (Mosel)
On the subtle side for a Mosel Riesling, with shy aromas of melon and peach and a stony character in the mouth. This one is likely to be more expressive after a few years in the cellar.
Josef Rosch 2008 Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)
Light nose, not showing much intensity on this pale gold Riesling. Slightly resinous, showing more on the palate with ripe stone-fruit flavors, hints of melon and pineapple. Quite sweet and rich, with slightly syrupy texture. Pleasing but straightforward and simple.
Josef Rosch 2006 Trittenheimer Apotheke Spätlese Riesling (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Rather minerally upfront, with stony scents verging on flinty alongside some floral and citrus notes. It’s light in weight but on the sweet side, with slightly confected strawberry flavors giving it an almost candied quality. Aging it 5–8 years should lessen the impact of the sugar.
Josef Rosch 2008 Klüsserather Bruderschaft Spätlese Feinherb Riesling (Mosel)
Josef Rosch 2009 Leiwener Klostergarten Halbtrocken Riesling (Mosel)
If this wine’s aromas don’t exactly burst from the glass, that’s OK, because the modest citrus notes are clean and fresh, balancing a bit of sweetness against crisp acids. Drink now.
Josef Rosch 2008 J.R. Junior Riesling (Mosel)
Uncharacteristically earthy and spicy for a Mosel wine, with flavors of loam accented by musky spice notes. It’s off dry in style yet relatively broad on the palate, again setting itself apart from the mainstream.