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Charta Riesling 2018
Region: Rheingau
Winery: Weingut Johannishof
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Color: White
Vintage: 2018
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Description: This is racy and packed with mineral, yet remains light-bodied and crisp. Elements of grapefruit, tangy greens, green apple and stone are well integrated and balanced with the texture and structure. Mouthwatering finish. -Wine Spectator


Publication Score Comments
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 91 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
This originated in the Geisenheimer Kläuserweg. It smells pungently and intriguingly like a pine needle-littered forest floor, though there are also intimations of the lemon and apple that then juicily inform a firm palate. At barely 11% alcohol, it is delightfully lightweight, even though residual sugar here is only barely above the threshold of legal Trockenheit. The earthy, woodsy notes signaled in the nose reprise subtly along with saliva-inducing salinity in a lingering, clear, juicy finish. Like the Spreitzers in Rüdesheim, Eser is one of the few growers who not only continue to offer a Rheingau Charta bottling but also, as was intended when that series was launched more than three decades ago, render one of distinguished, often memorable quality.
Wine Enthusiast 90 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Strikes of zesty tangerine and lime are juxtaposed by swirls of mineral intensity in this light-bodied and austere wine. It’s dry in style, with a piercing lemon-lime nish. Drink now through 2025.
Wine Spectator 90 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Korean Pear, hops, white oolong tea; juicy refresing
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 92 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
This leads with a lovely nose featuring ripe pear and peach wreathed in rowan and mingled with ocean spray. The polished palate delivers luscious, infectious juicy fruit, haunting inner-mouth perfume and mouthwatering salinity, with alkalinity and peach kernel piquancy serving for welcome invigoration in a bell-clear, buoyant, animating and refreshing finish. What a return to form – and then some – after the disappointing 2015! Johannes Eser has shown repeated mastery of the Charta genre, featuring subliminal but supportive sweetness and correspondingly low (here just 11%) alcohol. But for the most part – the Spreitzers being another exception whose Charta bottling can sometimes be among their finest – few of the top Rheingau growers seem any longer to be rendering a Charta bottling. That Johannes Eser has come to rely on his vines in the underappreciated Geisenheimer Kläuserweg to source his was prompted by this Einzellage being the odd man out in a portfolio otherwise informed by more famous sites in Johannisberg, Rüdesheim and Winkel. But Kläuserweg has meantime shown itself to be an ideal choice for that purpose.