An excellent rendition of the Bockenauer from Schafer Frolich, this, as Stephan Reinhardt mentions, is a sort of a baby Felseneck which is the top wine here. A stunning value, Tim Frolich is one of the treasures of Germany, and his wines are so detailed, pure, complex, and, even at this level, impressively age-worthy. We have a few cases due to arrive next week at this low pricing, and it comes highly recommended.
We offered the new top wines from Shafer Frolich, but we are back, this time with the top dry wine value of the range, the Schiefergestein. As we have stated, Schafer-Frohlich is one of the most excellent sources for Riesling, specifically the dry wines such as trocken or Grosses Gewachs. Schafer Frolich is leading the charge for Dry Riesling, and the Schiefergestein proves his wines are exceptional at any level. With the lower sugar levels, the minerality and purity of fruit come to the forefront and are slightly more opulent yet so vibrant. Winemaker Tim Frolich is at the top of his game, and this is a fantastic example of his expertise and attention to detail at a low price point. Schiefergestein translates to Shale or Shale rock in German, and it is a very fitting name for this Cuvee, which is all about minerality. The crushed and wet stone here is so prominent with beautiful ripe orchard fruit and notes of wildflowers and mint. Satisfying on the palate, this has outstanding texture and the presence of fruit with vibrant acids and a mineral-driven finish. Laser-focused and precise, Tim Frolich equates this to the precision of Glashütte, a famous German watchmaker. This is magnificent and is one of the top values for Dry German Riesling this vintage, and with a slight bit of age on it, this is so good. We have low pricing on some of the only bottles available in the USA, and for fans of racy, complex dry white wines, this is one to consider.
Wine Advocate (Stephen Reinhardt) 93 pts! "The 2019 Bockenauer Riesling Trocken Schiefergestein opens with an exciting, complex and terroir-driven bouquet that reminds of crushed slate rock perfumed with lemon oil. Fabulous! Juicy and round but pure, filigreed and stimulatingly salty on the palate, this is a frisky, nervy, serious, stunningly aromatic and terroir-driven Riesling with ripe stone fruit aromas and fine grapefruit bitters on the tight, salty, still pure and nervy finish. This Village Riesling from Tim's home base, Bockenau, is light and finessed yet tight, intense and seductive in its roundness—a gorgeous Undercover Felseneck, in fact, that needs a while to unfold its true class."