2008 Ökonomierat Rebholz Vom Buntsandstein Riesling Spätlese Trocken (Dry)

SKU #1156396 90 points Wine Spectator

 On the racy side, with expressive white peach, pear and grapefruit flavors. This has good depth and balance for the category, with a cleansing aftertaste. Best from 2011 through 2018.  (3/ 2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Riesling Spatlese trocken Vom Buntsandstein S – from the Im Sonnenschein, and on whose label “Spatlese” as already taken a back seat small letters, while the letter ‘S’ will remain in larger print – is as lemony bright and brisk in aroma and palate presence as its Kabinett counterpart, but along with its sprinkling of diverse herbs comes a savory salinity and a formidable intensity of inner mouth esters as well as a penetrating finish. What’s more, at only 12% alcohol, it reflects the levity and refreshment that are its vintage’s fortes yet possesses an alluringly silken texture. But we aren’t going to succeed in capturing this character – which is typical 2008 – every year, cautions Rebholz. He then adds (echoing many growers in numerous countries) that one of the reasons I moved to biodynamics in 2005 was in the hope of achieving a different sort of ripening, perhaps an earlier ripening, and braking the accumulation of sugar. I would tentatively plan to enjoy this S over the next 4-6 years. (DS)  (2/ 2010)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2014  | Send Email
I don't know that I've ever tasted a truly dry, aged German Riesling. Bright white peach, stony, and just starting to open up.

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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.
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Pfalz

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