2011 Züm Mosel Riesling

SKU #1123323 Wine & Spirits

 "Extreme Value": Sweet peaches and firm acidity are balanced by just a touch of sweetness that will leave your palate satisfied and refreshed. Delicious and versatile, pair freely and with confidence!  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Without a question one of the top buys here at K&L, Züm is a mouth-watering and food-friendly Riesling from Germany's famed Mosel river valley, made from grapes grown in steep slate hillside vineyard plots surrounding the ancient town of Bernkastel (overlooking the Landshut castle depicted on the label). It retains all of the Mosel mineral character and drive, but at a ridiculous $10 price! This is a nice juicy style, exhibiting racy notes of lime, apple, honey, and lively slate minerality, with vibrant acidity balanced by just a touch of sweetness that will leave your palate satisfied and refreshed. A perfect wine for any party and to have as an everyday white for the house, this pairs nicely with food but also works as a delightful cocktail wine. No reason to be shy, this one is way too good to pass up. Don't let this one 'Zum' past you -(Sorry, I had to do it)! -Eric Story, German wine buyer

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 10