August Kessler took over his parent's estate that was founded in 1924 at the age of 19. The vineyards at that time were only comprised of six acres. Today under August's guidance, the estate spans over 80 acres and is one of the flagship producers in the Rheingau. The Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck vineyard is one of the steepest in Germany, with the western part being a 50% incline and quite stony. The eastern part of the vineyard is rather flat and comprised of loess loam soils. We were able to procure some late release bottles of his Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Riseling TBA at about ½ the price of what it sells in Europe. This wine is also one of the best wines produced in the 2007 vintage in the Rheingau with a great write up from Joel Payne below. If you are going to buy one sweet wine this year, this is it! Don't miss it!
Vinous (Joel Payne) 96 pts! Rich golden yellow. Tantalizing aromas of caramelized apricot, cinnamon and nutmeg on a bed of honeyed botrytis. Opulent, dense tropical fruit flavors with salty highlights. A vibrant finish features a complex burst of slate. This sumptuous wine is still somewhat youthfully one-dimensional, but has the potential to be one of the great wines of the vintage in the Rheingau.