2010 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich "Anrecht" Riesling (Previously $37)

SKU #1081144 92 points Wine Spectator

 This is long, with a rich mouthfeel and concentrated ripe white fruit and vanilla flavors. Turns lush midpalate, with vibrant white cherry accents and plenty of minerally and smoky overtones. Drink now through 2025. 100 cases made. (Web-2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Selbachs' 2010 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht - like each of this vintage's installments of their three block-picked bottlings from top locations - is most like a sweet Auslese if one had to compare it with a wine of Pradikat. Caramel apple, mint candy, and glazed pineapple convey a confectionary impression while the wine’s bright (13 grams!) acidity and cress-like nippiness remain slightly detached. There is a palpable, pithy, chewy sense of high extract here and a persistent wet slate cantus firmus, elements that may well help bind the elements together with time. Heaven knows this wine’s sense of finishing energy grabs your palate and your attention, if in a jumpy way. Recommended for oenophiles with steady nerves, it should be quite a fascinating and intermittently stimulating experience to follow this over the next couple of decades.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Discreet aromas of white peach, quince and mint. Rich, juicy apricot fruit is in delicate balance with understated acidity. Creamy lemon curd and salty minerality mingle on the long, elegant finish. Very distinctive.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

According to importer Terry Theise: "This isn't as arch or screamy as the wonderfully manic '09; it has more material to struggle through. The giant is just waking up. What starts to come through is almost scary; a sinus-clearing mass of spearmint and verbena and spiced apple. Stand by me and hold my hand when I taste it again."

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/6/2012  | Send Email
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The Zeltinger Himmelreich vineyard is one with terrific minerality and focus. This comes from a protuding nose, once a separate vineyard called "Anrecht". On the palate it shows beautiful apricot notes, bright acidty anda loevly complex note of botrytis. If you can keep your hands off this, it will reward your patience.
Drink from 2012 to 2055

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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.
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Germany

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