Lars Carlberg, an American living in the German city of Trier (which I managed to miss when I visited--a pity because it's supposed to be gorgeous) is trying to launch a collection of terroir driven Mosel wines in this country. The collection is Mosel Wine Merchant. This Riesling is one from the portfolio.
The 2005 Alte Reben Riesling is a juicy little number at an old fashioned 10% alcohol (so expect it to be a little off dry) old -fashioned acidity and splashy spritzes of peach and orange oil.
Lars wrote the copy for the catalogue (http://moselwinemerchant.com/).
I'm so glad I didn't read before I tasted the wine. Why? Whoa, would I have been prejudiced in the wine's favor? Of course! How could I not have been? Heartbreaking stuff.
About Moritz he wrote:
"His lifestyle reflects his hand-to-mouth existence with neither investors to back him nor loans from the bank. He has an independent and outdoorsy spirit, working his mostly steep vineyards all by hand with no capital investment. Expensive tools and machines are borrowed from fellow growers. The wines are handcrafted in a cellar he has rented in the center of Oberemmel from the widow of a deceased winegrower. Trained in the hotel trade both as a chef in the kitchen and as a waiter on the floor, he changed course to become a winegrower. To make ends meet, he still waits tables at a local restaurant but he is not a hobbyist."
I feel the same way about struggling to make words pay the bills. Unfortunately I don't have waiting skills. The wine is delicious.