The Ratzenberger family moved to the Mittelrhein from East Germany in the 1950s, and young Jochen Ratzenberger first began to make wine in 1994. The 8-hectare estate, west and north of the town of Bacharach, includes holdings in the three steep vineyards of blue-black Devon slate: Steeger St. Jost, Posten, and Wolfshöhle. The Wolfshöhle vineyard has an alternating soil structure from clay slate to crystalline slate that allows for remarkable wines with a distinct fruit character. Ratzenberger's vineyards in the Wolfshöhle produce their best sweet wines. This rich and elegant wine is made from over ripe grapes, many of which are affected with botrytis. This imparts an edge of spice and honey to the wine's core of mineral peach and quince. Enjoy now or over the next 10 years.