The first thing to tell you is: the wines are stellar. That’s not a word I casually throw around. Schlossgut Diel belongs in the class of the elite. The wines will wow you. Armin occupies an unprecedented position in the wine world. He is proprietor of his estate on the Nahe, and he is perhaps the most influential wine writer in Germany. Imagine if Bob Parker owned one of the 1st-Growth Bordeaux: just like that. Needless to say neither Armin nor his colleagues writing for the same books or magazines review the wines of Schlossgut Diel, which is why the name doesn’t appear on the various lists of estate “classifications.” But of course there’s a meta-message: “The man is such an expert, imagine how good his own wines must be.” The ethics of the situation are quite sophisticated to American sensibilities, yet behind it all are the wines themselves. The rieslings hail most importantly from a trio of contiguous Grand Crus: Goldloch on thin loam and gravel over a rocky subsoil, Burgberg on quartzite, and Pittermännchen on Hunsrück slate. “The age of the vines are similar in the three sites, the microclimates are similar in the three sites, only a few meters separate them from one another, yet they are entirely different based on terroir,” say Armin and his cellar-master Christoph Friedrich.

Elite blue-chip estate on the lower Nahe, producing scintillating terroir-driven rieslings ranging from tingly slatey to baroque. Attentive viticulture and intelligent craftsmanship in the cellar make this one of Germany’s leading estates.


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Diel 2003 Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Kabinett

Pending tasting notes.

Diel 2014 Riesling feinherb

A virtually perfect estate Riesling; highly aromatic, cox-orange and lemon blossom; the palate is dry and spicy with a charming note of honey, though honey from which the sweetness has somehow been removed; zippy and salty and in the ideal food-zone. ~Terry Theise

Diel 2014 Riesling Kabinett

Sommelier Alert! Core List Wine. A delicious and (again) perfectly balanced Riesling; glorious fragrance, talc and golden-delicious apples; I don’t remember a better edition of this wine; it’s the perfect classic not-hardly-sweet Kabinett. “Great drinkyness,” as Caroline says. Stretched taut but neither austere nor lean. A Riesling Ideal. ~Terry Theise

Diel 2015 Dorsheimer Goldloch Riesling Kabinett

A cool, delicate rendering of the Great Lady that is Goldloch; a lovely being of a certain fleshy amplitude but also fresh, vertical, and snappy-there’s almost 10g of acidity with 45g of RS; a classic paradigm of high-acid German Riesling.- Terry Theise

Diel 2015 Goldloch Riesling Grosses Gewächs [6/750]

Markedly accessible at this stage, showing the talc, white flowers and key lime profile of Goldloch, not the sometimes baroque pitted fruit facets. The palate is aerial yet stern, delicate yet intense, kelpy, a dashi of Riesling—ginger, tapioca, coconut… and the alcohol?? What Federspiel is in the same universe as something like this?

Diel 2015 Pittermannchen Riesling Grosses Gewächs [6/750]

Pungently slatey; ostensibly lighter but curiously lingering and stubborn; a wine of twigs and shoots and small bones, Riesling with no concessions; intricate trigonometry of gravelly mineral, lacy hoar-frost tracings of delicate little threads of Riesling love.