At the Pauly estate, making great Riesling is a family affair. Every task from pruning to bottling is lovingly performed by a member of the family. And experience is passed from generation to generation. While Axel currently oversees winery operations, his father, Rudolph, is responsible for farming the 13 acres of nearly vertical hillside vineyards, and--with over 60 vintages under his belt--Peter Pauly, Axel's grandfather, still contributes a lifetime's worth of knowledge and historical perspective.
This particular bottling pays tribute to the Pauly family, known locally as the "Lieser Niederberg helden." In German, "helden" means heroes. Fittingly, thanks to nearly ideal weather conditions in September and October, this offering from the 2009 vintage is, indeed, a "heroic" effort. While slightly more generous than usual, this Riesling forcefully delivers plenty of its racy, mineral-driven Mosel heritage. Look for aromas of apple blossom, acacia flower, mandarin, quince and under-ripe papaya--all topped with a welcome handful of wet stones. On the palate, barely ripe tropical fruit and enchanting floral essences are snugly wrapped around a core of minerals.