2012 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1141053 91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a fruity aroma, with a lively ripeness to the red peach, melon and apricot flavors. Cream and spice accents show on the rich, fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made. –KM  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

The Mönchhof estate dates at least as far back as the 12th century, as evidenced by a document still in the Eymael family's possession, signed by Pope Alexander III, showing the Cloister Himmerod--a Cistercian Abbey--having vineyard holdings in Urzig as early as 1177. And the wines have been popular for a long time, too. At the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Mönchhof won medals for their wines. These days the wines, like this one from Ürziger Würzgarten, reflect the personality of the estate's proprietor Robert Eymael: easy to like, with a sense of style and simple sophistication.

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/14/2014  | Send Email
Delightful nerve and intensity to this wine. With candied pears, mango and Meyer lemon flavors. This just hums on the palate with finesse and a silky texture. Is it a cliche to say "pair this with Asian foods?" I think not because it would be absolutely perfect.

By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/13/2014  | Send Email
I have been a huge fan of the wines from the Mönchhof estate for many many years now. And, over the years they have happily become one of my “go to wines”. They are always fashioned in a way which is unpretentious and stylistically spot on. The 2012 Wurzgarten Kabinett is tasty, tasty, tasty… full of spice and uplifting minerality on the nose and a precise combination of texture, linear definition and juicy finish. Although this is easily chuggable right now this will cellar very nicely over the next 10+ years. (Eric Story, German Buyer)

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/6/2014  | Send Email
Orange & lemon zest, slate, apricot and white peach. Medium plus acidity and a long, fresh finish. Great balance and finesse. Just 8.5% abv, it is slightly sweet enough to enjoy on its own, or fabulous with slightly spicy fare. Ridiculously good for $18.99!

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/6/2014  | Send Email
Mönchof (the monk's palace) is an estate with a tremendous history. They have Roman wine presses on the premises, and as in Burgundy, the vineyards were selected and farmed and the wines made by the order of Cistercian monks starting in the 12th century. What's more, when the church sold the winery in 1804, it was to the Eymael family. And Robert Eymael still farms the estate and makes wine here today. Imagine that. In a thousand years, there have been two owners! This comes from one of my favorite vineyards in the town of Urzig in the middle Mosel. The Würzgarten, or spice garden, has a soil which is a mixture of red clay and slate, resulting in wines with great richness and drive plus a racy quality I always find reminiscent of a Saar wine. This is a shockingly good deal and delicious Riesling, combining, as it does, a ripe peach flavor with a nice spice and acidity at the finish to keep the wine vibrant. Don't miss it!
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By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2014  | Send Email
There is plenty of immediate charm to this lovely, vital Kabinett. The nose offers some of the spice that the vineyard’s name hints at, along with wet slate and floral notes. The palate has lots of open, ripe peach flavors, though the balance is more acid than sweet, with the finish drawing in fairly taut, and the spice notes giving a slight reprise.

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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