2007 Schloss Schönborn Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1043237

91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully displayed apricot, orange cream and stone notes mesh seamlessly with the rich texture and lively structure. Really juicy on the finish, with a long aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made." (12/08) Schloss Schönborn is one of Germany's largest and oldest estates and can be traced back to the times of the crusades in 1349. The estate is still family owned today. The famous Marcobrunn vineyard as interpreted by Schloss Schonborn is truly a delight but not for the faint of heart. This is an old style Baroque Riesling - big, heavy and concentrated with the Marcobrunn nose of mineral, spice and herbs tempered with a warm rich earthy character. Wound up and still young, drink it now for its sheer intensity or put down to let the complexity come out.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2008 | Send Email
An outstanding balance of sweetness and acidity, the wine is soft, and round while maintaining some zip. Add some delicious cocktail fruit/apricot flavors and you've got the perfect wine for Indian/Thai takeout night. Stock up if you eat that at least once a week like I do. A perfect example of why 2007 is a fantastic vintage for Germany.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2008 | Send Email
Just had this last night with some delicious poached salmon and spicy sauteed gyspy peppers a la Derek. The classic, varietally-driven white peach and lime fruit flavors of the wine, coupled with unctuous acidity and sweetness on the finish was perfect for the salmon, which demands both weight and delicacy, and the spicy peppers, for which some residual sugar is preferred to balance the heat. I recommend this for any spicy or exotically flavored dish - Asian, Mexican, Indian.
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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.