2010 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Selbach-Oster 2010 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken reveals wet stone already on the nose, coupled with fresh apple and nut oils, all of which segue into a delightfully refreshing, vibrant, buoyant yet palpably extract-rich palate impression capped by prickly intimations of white currant and cress. The impression of levity and transparency to this lighter-than-usual (mere 10.5% alcohol) installment of an extremely versatile, long-time excellent value Selbach bottling, translate into exhilaration and fascination that should last for at least a dozen years (not that many will test this prediction).
According to importer Terry Theise: "'2010 isn't a vintage for dry wines,' Johannes acknowledges. Yet this wine with its sterling track record of excellence over the last ten vintages tastes dry in '10. It's two-thirds in steel and one-third in Fuder, 50% sponti, and 98°, which is of course serious Auslese. It's a cousin to Strub’s Paterberg this year, a spicy minty torque-ridden powerhouse, with a garrigue-y finish."