2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel

SKU #1316313 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett (Green Capsule) displays an intense and concentrated, slightly yeasty bouquet with perfectly ripe stone fruit aromas. Lush and round on the palate but then pure, finessed and very salty, this is another fascinating Kabinett with a lot of salt and mineral tension in the finish. This wine is tight and generous at the same time, and its seductive fruit surely has majority appeal. Good aging potential. (SR)  (4/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Suggestions of salted peanut and oregano intriguingly inflect the scents and juicy mouthful of fresh apple on display in a buoyant, subtly sweet performance that reminds me slightly and unexpectedly of Grüner Veltliner. A shimmering sense of fruit and crystalline mineral exchange makes for a fascinating as well as consummately refreshing and vibrantly sustained finish. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The largest vineyard in Zeltingen with steep slopes as well as flat sections. 95% of the areas owned by the Molitor winery are located on steep and extremely steep slopes, with only 5% in moderate slopes. The soil is made up of fine and decomposed slate, ranging from light to quite deep. Elegant, often beautifully full-bodied and juicy Riesling wines with elegant yellow fruit notes and an interplay of slate."

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