2015 Karl Erbes Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1293420 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 92+ points. The 2015 Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese is clear, ripe and smoky on the nose. Vital, finessed and intense on the palate, this Auslese is provided with lovely purity and salinity in the finish. It has a highly delicate character, full of mineral tension. Really excellent. Stefan Erbes cultivates six hectares of Riesling, predominantly in Ürzig but also in Erden where 100% of the holdings are planted with ungrafted vines. I tasted the whole range of 2015s in February as well as a set of matured Rieslings. There are always great discoveries to make at this family domaine whose sweet and noble sweet predicate wines--in 2015 namely all kinds of Auslesen--are almost all finer and more iterating than the dry wines. The prices are still stunningly low so that Riesling nerds can fill their cellars with a lot of age-worthy wines. (SR)  (4/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Fresh mango and nectarine character and some elegance in spite of the generous sweetness. Bright, crisp finish that's further lifted by the spritz of carbon dioxide. With more depth this would rate even higher. Enough vitality to keep until 2030.

K&L Notes

Karl Erbes and his son Stefan run this estate that was established in 1967. The estate consists of five hecatres of land in Ürziger Würzgarten and Erdener Treppchen. All of their vines are ungrafted and the oldest are 70-80 years old. The wines are vinified traditionally in neutral oak barrels.

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