2009 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spätlese (Previously $30)

SKU #1113005 92 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, smoky style, with plenty of creamy notes to the tangerine, apricot and ripe pineapple flavors. The crisp finish echoes with glazed citrus and lime. Drink now through 2030. –KM  (12/ 2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Delicate aromas of pear, honeysuckle and sweet spices. Ripe papaya fruit displays a refined texture and is complicated by elegant minerality. Well-balanced but also animated on the lingering finish  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Some of you may remember the 2008 that blasted through here a few months back, I hope so. Well, guess what, we just scored the 2009 at the same low down price! Personally, I have been a real sucker for the 2009 vintage. I think the wines have class, elegance and a soft spoken drive and von Hovel, in typical fashion, delivers this to you in the bottle. Texturally the wine has richness, a silky body and stony minerals which are cut by bright citrus and zingy tropical fruits. This is mmm mmm good! (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2012  | Send Email
This wine is delicious right now, with ripe cocktail fruit flavors and sweetness that is completely balanced by the vibrant acidity. Eberhard von Kunow, the owner and winemaker at Von Hovel, has been making delicious wine in Germany's Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Gebiet for some time now. To get a wine that's cellar-worthy, yet entirely drinkable now for this price is insane.

 By: motik |  Review Date: 12/27/2012 
surprise-surprise: only 8% alcohol
I wish this detail was in the description

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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