2009 S. A. Prum "Urziger Wurzgarten" Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1149160

"The prevailing portion of the vineyards are still with unovercrowded (autochthonous) Riesling shoots planted. They are on steep slopes up to 70% which provide by low water supply and scanty ground for an of course low yield. These shoots are rooted very deeply and win their care from the very mineral-containing slate grounds from the Devon age. These steep hills make a machine treatment nearly impossible, so that also even today nearly any work must be done by hand and this during the whole year...[Urziger Wurzgarten is] situated on slopes facing East-southeast to south with stony slate soil and red-recumbent of volcanic origin. The red ferrous ground with fine slate gives a distinctive character to the wines from this site, contributing luxuriant fruit and spice. The Riesling growing here shows exotic, unique charcters with great depth and length." (from the winery)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2014  | Send Email
I make, and eat, a lot of spicy food. Between Thai dishes, Mexican, and sometimes Indian, probably close to half of the dinners I prepare require something other than red wine. And of course there's always beer, but for me, nothing beats a great Riesling. And when it's got a bit of age, a bit more character, it's hard no pass up the opportunity to have this on hand at this incredible price. Stored properly this is only going to continue to improve. At 7.5% alcohol, you don't even have to share the bottle!

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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