Gebrüder Loosen (“Loosen Brothers” in German), is the winemaking company that produces the range of Dr. L wines. It is owned by Ernst Loosen, who also owns the Dr. Loosen estate, and is managed by his younger brother, Thomas. Together, the brothers work with small growers throughout the Mosel region to source fruit for the wines, which are vinified by the same highly skilled cellar team that produces the Dr. Loosen estate wines. Very strict quality standards require that the growers improve their viticulture in order to sustainably grow the healthy, perfectly ripe fruit that Ernst and Thomas want for these wines.
THE MOSEL REGION
Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes and slate soil create the perfect conditions for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun and a racy minerality. The cool, northern climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly, for full flavor development, while retaining bright, refreshing acidity.
DR. L RIESLING
This top-selling Loosen Bros. Riesling embodies the delicate and racy characteristics of traditional, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very affordable price for every day enjoyment. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine, with a juicy mid-palate and a crisp, drying finish.
ABOUT THE 2019 VINTAGE
Once again, extreme weather during the growing season gave us some headaches but, as always, Riesling proved its resilience by producing a range of highly aromatic and finely balanced wines in 2019. Generally dry conditions throughout spring and summer led to a lower-yielding crop, which was further reduced by the onset of botrytis late in the harvest. It is a fully ripe vintage, with vibrant aromatics and a pronounced acidity that gives brilliant structural precision to the wines
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Viticulture: Sustainable, according to strict German environmental regulations
Harvest Selection: Clean, healthy fruit that meets strict requirements for minimum and maximum ripeness, and optimal acidity.
Vinification: Pressed immediately; natural settling and clarification; fermentation in stainless steel to preserve fruit and freshness. No malolactic fermentation.
Residual Sweetness: 43 grams/liter
Total Acidity: 8.3 grams/liter