2008 Karthauserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Auslese (Previously $49)

SKU #1053102

93 points Wine Spectator: A rich, creamy white, boasting peach, black currant and vanilla flavors. Hard not to drink this now, but the vibrant structure will allow this to age gracefully. Drink now through 2032." 150 cases made. –BS A denser core of iron and a deeper sense of slate and stone than the Spatlese. At first it comes off as a bigger style of Spatlese but then the intensity of its true being reveals itself with yellow stone fruit, hints of cassis, raspberry and lime, crushed iron and a touch of almond paste on the finish. A real showcase of what happens in this very unique terroir! According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale golden yellow. Ripe aromas of yellow plum, cherry and acacia blossom. Supple, fresh and enticing, with subdued candied pineapple fruit complemented by a touch of honey. Perhaps not stunning, but a very nice wine to quaff on a summer afternoon on the patio." (Jan/Feb 10)

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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
Country:

Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer