2016 Selbach-Oster Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1336460 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fermented in a traditional oak fuder, the 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Trocken (AP 34 17) has a deep, clear, elegant and slightly oaky bouquet with some coconut notes. Full-bodied, round and elegant, this is a firmly structured dry Riesling "grand cru" with rich extract and firm tannins mainly from the oak. The finish is long, complex and salty, but the Mosel slate and finesse are still hidden somewhere between the staves. (SR)  (4/2018)


 Sourced primarily from the Zeltinger Himmelreich, this estate generic delivers a snappy and refreshing meld of apple and lime firmly underlain with stone. Piquantly nutty, and with intriguing and mouthwatering notes of iodine and mineral salts on the finish, this goes well beyond what one would expect from an inexpensive liter bottling. Slightly more than 12% alcohol reflects a bit of chaptalization and encourages an impression of midpalate stuffing, but there is still some sense of buoyancy. Each time I returned to this ostensibly lowly liter after tasting the collection’s impressive single-vineyard dry Rieslings, its virtues remained undimmed. (DS)  (1/2018)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.