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  • March 10, 2014
  • Fritz Willi 2012 Riesling

  • by Lars Carlberg

fritz_willi_logoThe 25-hectare estate of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier has a new entry-level Riesling called Fritz Willi, the namesake of King Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770–1840) of Prussia. In a traditional 330-mm dark-green Mosel Schlegel bottle, this wine comes with a stylish label and is topped with a matching red screwcap. It's an unpretentious look.

The grapes come mainly from famous vineyards on the Middle Mosel, such as Graacher Himmelreich and Domprobst, as well as on the Saar.

The wine fermented partly in Fuder casks and stainless-steel vats.

Fritz Willi is an easy-drinking, crisp, light-bodied Mosel wine, which retains some of the natural carbon dioxide from fermentation. ♦

  • For those of you who don’t know, the Trier-born Karl Marx attended school at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium and received his degree in 1835. His family once owned vineyards in the Ruwer Valley, namely near the tail end of today’s Maxmin Grünhäuser Herrenberg. The area is known as Viertelsberg.

    The stylish new label design is from Fuenfwerken, which also did the excellent website from Leitz.

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