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Off-dry Riesling from one of the best small producers of the Mosel. Stein has a PhD in Biology and lives in a hotel filled with Bohemian types who love wine. Riesling is king in the Mosel and this is an exceptional example of the intense minerality the valley can produce in its wines. It doesn't drink sweet, rather balanced with the intense acidity innate to the grapes. The importer dubbed this wine Weihwasser after trying it, meaning holy water.
From the mouth of the importer (Vom Boden):
"No one – NO ONE – has met Dr. Ulrich Stein ( “Ulli”) without at least developing a slight crush on the guy. He is brilliant, passionate, incredibly fun, perhaps a bit manic and does nothing… nothing, that is easy or obvious.
It’s perhaps difficult to speak of an overarching “style” at Stein; or maybe it’s that the word, the concept, just doesn’t feel right. Winemaking with Ulli is refreshingly light on “style,” on some idea projected into the vineyards, and more about what the vineyards say to him. Certainly there is a focus on wines that are dry; lightness and zip are more important than gobs of fruit. Complexity is good, but not at the expense of the whole – better to be simple and well done than overdone and, well, a mess. Cut is more important than size."