2014 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese* (Artist Label) Mosel

SKU #1229171 90 points Wine & Spirits

 Martin Kerpen marks his best Spätlese with a discreet asterisk on the label; more readily notable is the art that graces it, a fantastical bird reclining in a boat, dining on ripe grapes. The decadence it implies is reflected in the wine. Shy at first, once it’s drunk in some air the tart, limey fruit grows exuberant, peachy in its juicy richness and citrus-bright in its acidity—a virtual call for a party, with plenty of food.  (12/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Sourced from ungrafted vines, Kerpen's one-starred 2014 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * (Artist Label) – AP #12 – opens with a very clear, precise and deep nectarine aroma intermixed with flinty aromas; it is very well focused. Round, piquant and sweet on the palate, this is a light, very elegant and stimulating Riesling with a lingering salinity. Lovely to drink now and over the next ten and more years. (SR)  (3/2016)

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