2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett (Previously $28)

SKU #1111265 91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, featuring lively, complex flavors of citrus peel, ripe ruby grapefruit and dark currant. Pure and elegant on the finish, with plenty of spiciness and appealing weight. Drink now through 2024.  (4/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Incorporating material from both Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr, the Haag 2011 Braunebeger Riesling Kabinett offers white peach, apple, honeydew and Persian melon, subtly but satisfactorily well-outfitted with residual sugar on a delicate, glossy palate, leading to an outright exuberant, juicy finish in which hints of raw ginger and apple skin add invigoration. This ought to satisfy for at least the next 12-15 years, though it lacks the complexity, focus and clarity of its feinherb counterpart. At 50 grams of residual sugar, incidentally, it represents a gradual dialing-back that’s taken place here in the last several years with this bottling.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicate floral notes mingle with gentle citrus fruit aromas. A generous sweet expression of fruit is well balanced by juicy acidity and fine notions of herbs and spices. A subtle bitter-sweet flavour lifts the finish and rounds off an invigoratingly lively performance.  (6/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Peach pit and lemon oil on the nose. Elegant passion fruit flavor framed by juicy acidity. The glossy finish offers an appealing spiciness.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

89+ points from Mosel Fine Wines: "This offers a Spätlese-like nose of fresh apple, mango, elderflower and some white minerals. The wine is slightly sweet on the palate at this stage. The finish is nicely round and comparatively soft, with some toffee notes lurking in the background. This needs more bottle aging to be truly enjoyed." (10/2012)

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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.
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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