2011 Mönchhof "Mosel Slate" Riesling Spätlese (Previously $25)

SKU #1156382 92 points Wine Spectator

 A very minerally version, with concentrated acidity and flavors of grapefruit, green apple and savory herb. This is enriched by tangerine and shiso leaf notes, featuring hints of lushness. Fresh and crunchy on the finish. Drink now through 2038. 4,000 cases made. –KM  (4/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Mint, sassafras, pineapple and candied lime scent the Monchhof 2011 Riesling Spatlese Mosel Slate, then migrate to a vividly fruity, coolingly herbal palate whose sense of a honeyed glaze contrasts with its hint of spritzy CO2 impingement. A hint of salt stimulates the salivary glands and lends further welcome push-back to the wine’s overt sweetness. While designed for early consumption, I suspect that not only would this hold up well through at least 2022, it would probably become more interesting and delightful as it sheds baby fat and at least a bit of its sense of sweetness. (As always, the Mosel Slate bottling is 100% Erdener Treppchen, but not labeled as such.)  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This is the exact wine I would use for my argument for a presence of place wine. If you're a fan of Mosel wines or would like to finally experience what they are about, this is your time. The brilliant sharp aromatics of stone fruit and citrus intertwined with bold, yet harmonious minerality and acidity, this is what Mosel wines are all about! (Eric Story, German Buyer)

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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

- 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.