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The wines of Markus Fries, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany

Zum Brauneberg 16, 54484 Noviand/Bernkastel, Germany
Tel: +49 6535 493 Fax: +49 6535 1505
E-mail: weingut@markus-fries.de Website: www.markus-fries.de

Markus Fries has a relatively small vineyard holding of 4 hectares of vines in the Mosel, but is making some smart wines. The fact that most of these are from the unusually warm 2003 vintages, and were tasted quite youbg makes me reluctant to conclude too much from this tasting – perhaps in time these ratings could rise a bit? Still, a good performance and a name I’ll be looking for in the future.

Markus Fries Riesling Trocken 2003
Very ripe forward nose with sweet lime-framed fruit. The palate is savoury and intense with high acidity. Appealing. Very good+ 87/100

Markus Fries Riesling Trocken  ‘Lesura’ 2003
Fruity, limey nose is taut and savoury. Palate is slightly floral edged and savoury in a dry style. A pretty wine. Very good+ 88/100

Markus Fries Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2003
Quite concentrated, savoury and intense with good acid and a limey, spicy finish. Dry. Very good+ 87/100

Markus Fries Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Feinherb-Trocken 2003
Taut limey, minerally nose. Palate is quite rich textured and concentrated with a hint of sweetness. Very good+ 89/100

Markus Fries Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2003
Tight, limey nose. The palate is rich textured with ripe melon and lime fruit. Good acidity and some minerality. Great concentration. Very good+ 89/100

Markus Fries Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2001
Lovely expressive nose: limey, appley and sweet. The palate is expressive with a minerally edge to the sweet honeyed fruit. Delicious. Very good/excellent 91/100

Markus Fries Noviander Honigberg Riesling Auslese 2003
Fresh, taut limey nose. Very rich palate with laser-sharp acidity offsetting the sweetness. Nice weight of fruit; this is quite hard to assess so young. Very good/excellent 90/100

see also: tasting notes of German wines

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