2011 Gunderloch "Jean Baptiste" Riesling Kabinett
Quite restrained on the nose, but a delicate fragrance of citrus fruit and spices captivates my attention. A gentle fruit flavour, soft acidity and hints of clove and kernel raise the level of this Kabinett beyond the merely pleasant.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mint, orange blossom and heliotrope delight the nose, setting up Gunderloch’s 2011 Riesling Kabinett Jean-Baptiste to deliver a soothingly polished, expansive mouthful of liquid floral perfume and almond cookie infusion backed by rather prominent sweetness in comparison with other recent editions of this cuvee. But at 12.5% alcohol already, the feeling -- no doubt rightly -- was that to cash in any more residual sugar would have compromised levity to an extent incompatible with the notion of Kabinett. 'This is the only 2011 over which we really banged our heads,' remarks Agnes Hasselbach. While a bit short on refreshment, it’s still admirably persistent, with a hint of alkalinity offering some counterpoint to its sweet personality and literal sweetness.
Der Fröhliche Weinberg, or the Merry Vineyard, is considered German playwright Carl Zuckmayer's breakthrough comedy. The protaganist of this incredibly successful play, which premiered in Berlin in 1925, was Jean Baptiste Gunderloch, an aging vineyard owner. This classic Kabinett-style Riesling from Gunderloch takes its name from that character.