From Vine Farmer:
In 2013, Michi Weber and his brother partnered to reclaim underutilized family vineyards in the Saar. No stranger to wine, Michi is formerly the managing director of production at the acclaimed Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate. Weber Brüder was founded with the goal of creating true Saar wines through farming in a more natural and sustainable way than is common throughout Germany. This way of farming helps to foster cellar practices such as spontaneous fermentation.
Decisions are made by feel but never ignorance, as Michi’s formal education and experience is always close by. Goats naturally tending the vineyards lead an intuitive yet uncommon approach that yields wine of great pleasure, authenticity, and soul. We find these wines show a denser, linear side to Riesling that is truly Saar in style. In recent years, Weber Brüder has been receiving acclaim and notoriety in Germany. We are proud to be the first to introduce the wines of Weber Brüder to the USA.
The Wine - The vineyard, Braunfels, is a top classified "Grosse Lage" site (VDP classification) with a long history of recognition in vineyard classifications. This wine would classify as Grosses Gewächs but is not labeled as such because Weber Brüder is not officially a VDP producer. Instead, the wine is labeled as an Auslese that is dry in style. This is a serious wine of density and concentration that benefits from a long decant or many years in the cellar.
May 2020 Check In - A fascinating wine that will surely take years to reach its peak. The style of Trimbach comes to mind, for me. The wine is raw, dense and with a "salt of the earth" feel. Today its more about the thrill of young, raw wine, with a striking acidic chord. Its one of those wines where you observe excellent raw materials from arm's length and know there will be fireworks when it all come together with time. Even so, I really enjoyed this bottle now.