2013 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Rheingau

SKU #1262654 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Green floral notes and lemon zest perfume this pristine, pretty kabinett. Zesty lemon-lime acidity lends a breathless elegance, brightened by sweet-tart streaks of mango and tangerine that pucker and delight. Drinks gorgeously now, but will continue to improve through at least 2020. (ALCI)  (8/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Harvested between October 20 to 25 the Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett shows a very clear, pure and subtle nose and starts with a racy attack on the sweet palate. This is a very mineral, quite complex and firmly structured Kabinett with a good length and an aging potential for 10 years or maybe more. (SR)  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 The red peach and Fuji apple flavors are concentrated and juicy in this open-textured style. Light spicy notes show on the finish, with hints of cream. (KM, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wine estates in the world, with documented wine records going back to 1211. There was a huge downturn in quality during the 90's and then a horrible death in 1999. To be honest, I was hesitant to even taste the wines up until the 2008 vintage. Since then I have started seeing a step up in quality and have been keeping a close eye on the property ever since. I love the 2013 vintage! This wine shows the deep concentration in the aromatic and throughout the palate. The finishing structure is bright, open knit with just a hint of a salty twang to it. (Eric Story, German Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
If bold declarations are your line, the 2013 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Rheingau has got you covered. This rich, powerful, sweet style of Kabinett ain’t no airy Mosel affair, and fairly oozes with quince, mango, apricot, candied lemon peel and slate. If there is any defect, it is simply the wines’ own compulsive gulp-ability. If, like me, you’re hard-pressed to find a reason why you should exercise restraint with a low-alcohol wine like this, then perhaps the lesson is simply to have a second one on hand and chilled.

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