2007 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtröpfchen "EL" Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1058574 92 points Wine Spectator

 Packed with spice, this is distinctive and racy. Licorice and grapefruit comes into play as this rides the bracing structure to a long conclusion. Light and intense, with a persistent savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.  (11/ 2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Haart 2007 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett smells of pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Rather soft and pliable on the palate -- particularly in direct comparison with the corresponding Grafenberg -- this nonetheless has a soothing, elegant, and delicate personality and finishes with a long, lovely if low-energy counterpoint of rich, ripe fruit; faint nuttiness and black fruit tartness; and saline and wet stone mineral expressions. A dozen or more years of felicitous cohabitation should be possible.  (6/ 2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Fresh bouquet of bosc pear, pine nuts and apple blossom. Delicately sweet on the palate, thanks to a nice interplay of apricot fruit and luscious citricity. Finishes with lipsmacking elegance. An exemplary kabinett.  (2/ 2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Very clean and pure. Really tense and crystalline. Very fresh and clean. 17/20 points.  (6/ 2008)

K&L Notes

The Piesporter Goldtropfchen is a beautiful south-facing vineyard site located on a giant loop along the Mosel River. The soil structure is deep and full of slate, which gives the wines their characteristic mineral edge. Winemaker Theo Haart has come to be known as the top producer in Piesport. He demands the highest of standards, keeps the yields low and is a fanatic when it comes to the harvest, ensuring only the healthiest of grapes are picked. His style is one that accentuates the minerality and purity of fruit of the Goldtropfchen. This wine is starting to show some fantastic qualities. The nose has really opened up and has become expressive and focused. Lots of rich fruit textures with some piquant citrus and rich, fresh pear and spice. The aromatics are really nice but it is the palate that won me over, with its layers of exotic 2007 fruit textures, rich minerals and stretched-out, juicy acidity. This is just starting to show its potential and will keep climbing the ladder for another 7-10 years. (Eric Story, German Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2013  | Send Email
If this were one of the other great single vineyard wines of the world- say a Burgundy or Napa Cab, this bottle would have an extra digit in its price. The Piesporter Goldtropfchen is one of the best sites in the world for Riesling, situated in the very heart of the Mosel, and Reinhold Haart has one of the very best parcels within this great vineyard. This 2007 is starting to soften a touch and gain some lovely complexity, but it still retains 100% of its freshness and should make quite an interesting 20 year old. If you are looking for a great bottle of Kabinett with clean stone fruit flavors and a perfect balance between that fruit and lively acid, look no further... This is intriguing, long finishing and delicious white wine!
Drink from 2013 to 2017

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/2/2013  | Send Email
Hot deal for a great wine with age. Rich cocktail fruit, plenty of acidity, and lots of depth. These older German bottles are so versatile with food, but also drink well on the patio with just yourself and a few friends (or just yourself). The Haart Piesporter is yet another fantastic riesling value whose quality far surpasses its pricepoint. Gotta love it.

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/2/2013  | Send Email
Classic Riesling character with dried apricot and nectarine, honey, slate and minerals. There's just a hint of secondary developement coming on with notes of lanolin adding to the texture. Pretty yummy stuff! Great for sipping and would work for many Asian dishes and pork if your looking for a white wine to match.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/2/2013  | Send Email
This is a slam-dunk, no-brainer, why didn't I buy more? sort of wine. It retains some of its youthful spice, for which it was first known. But that has transferred to a more open, more generous character, with interesting secondary notes just developing. Lovely pear, apple and citrus notes mingle with a bit of honey, apricot, and phenomenal length. This is from a site that is among the true Grand Cru vineyards of Germany, and an amazing steal at this price. Refreshing, bright and complex, as well as low in alcohol (8.5%), you may well wish you had more, once you taste it. Some is certainly coming home with me.
Top Value!

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2013  | Send Email
Elegant, lush stone fruit and well-balanced acidity with a killer price point make this 2007 Kabinett a no-brainer for summer entertaining. Apricot, mandarin orange, honeysuckle, with a honeyed, smokey edge indicating the commencement of a slow ageing process. Medium plus acidity. Pair with spicy Indian food, Thai or Japanese food- or enjoy in its own as an apertif. Buy as much as you can!
Top Value!

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 8.5