2011 Selbach Oster "Anrecht" Riesling
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The block-picked, lightly-botrytized Selbach 2011 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht leads with a gorgeous though subtle amalgam of apple blossom, chamomile, sweet lime, pear nectar, and quince preserves, all of which reconvene on a silken-textured, subtly creamy and oily yet admirably juicy and utterly transparent palate, through which shimmer stony, smoky and saline notes. Allying a Kabinett-like sense of levity, primary juiciness and mineral interaction with the richness of flavor typical for a great Auslese – at just 7.5% alcohol yet not dominated by its sheer sweetness! – this perfectly illustrates precisely the point of block picking that captures all of the sorts of ripeness that are out there and layers them on the palate to render a masterpiece of counterpoint and harmony. Expect this to be worth following for a quarter century, though who can really tell, absent any recent track record for such a wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Enticing aromas of peach, flowers and clove. Succulent, creamy apricot fruit on the palate, but with a bracing saline character. Finishes with slate, lemon oil and a hint of nutmeg. Distinctively pure.
Best part of the Himmelreich slope. Very distinctive aroma -- some sort of sweet spice that I can't put my finger on, possibly nutmeg. There's certainly a mineral overlay, like rock dust. On the palate a lovely orange and orange-blossom brightness. Delicate yet prolonged.
91 points from Mosel Fine Wines: "Harvested at 99 degrees Oechsle and fermented to 7.5% alcohol, this offers primary notes of bacon, yellow peach, vanilla and banana. Despite some very good underlying feel of dry extracts, the wine is delicately creamy and comparatively light on the palate, with more sweet fruits coming through in the attractive long finish. This will be delicious to enjoy as a refined dessert wine." (07/2012) Fruit from Zeltinger Himmelreich.