2017 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese "Anrecht"

SKU #1419948 95 points John Gilman

 The Anrecht section of the Himmelreich vineyard is one of the blocks of old vines that Johannes Selbach and his team now pick en masse, rather than making a selection for different Prädikat levels. In 2017, this resulted in a beautiful Auslese from this block of old vines, which offers up a bright and complex bouquet of pear, white cherries, wild yeasts, a stunningly complex base of slate minerality (particularly for Auslese!), a hint of the honeycomb to come and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full, complex and nicely reserved in profile out of the blocks, with superb focus and grip, bright, snappy acids and a very, very long, nascently complex finish. This is outstanding! (Drink between 2026-2075)  (6/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked in late October, during the last week of the harvest, the fuder-fermented 2017 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht is a concentrated, sweet but salty-piquant and well-structured Auslese with good grip and tension and lingering salinity. This Auslese is made to be combined with food, but don't even think about it before 2030. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and elegant, displaying seductive flavors of peach jam, apple sauce and pistachio ice cream, loaded with sweet spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish goes on and on, with fresh but creamy flavors, and accents of citrus and dried pineapple. Best from 2021 through 2039.  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

94 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 11 18. The 2017er Anrecht, as it is referred to on the main label, was block-harvested at 118° Oechsle in the similarly named Lieu-Dit situated in a steep hill part of the Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard (the reference to Himmelreich is only mentioned on the back label). It delivers a superbly aromatic and delicately ripe nose of anise, pear, yellow peach, smoke and mint. The wine is smooth and juicy on the palate, yet the finish proves gorgeously intense and powerful. The hugely persistent after-taste of this impressive extremely Auslese is all about spices, pear and smoke. 2027-2042" (10/2018)

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