2014 Gessinger "Josefsberg Old Vines" Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese ** Mosel

SKU #1262669 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 While shades of slate and saffron lend complexity and nuance, this semisweet wine is more a showcase of sumptuous yellow peach and pear flavors. Its high-toned acidity and delicate, lacy mouthfeel make it irresistibly gulpable. (ALCI)  (6/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 No producer likes to be labelled predictable, but over the years I have come to the conclusion that traditional Spätlese is the Gessingers’ true forte. I enjoy the combination of racy acidity, zesty citrus fruit, tasteful sweetness and slim-line figure, nothing over-elaborate, but a pure pleasure to drink. Not too simple though, as it is the wont of the old vines to throw in a handful of minerals, though not enough to interfere with the mouthwatering freshness. (MS)  (7/2015)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2016 | Send Email
This spectacular offering is the best of the best when it comes to balanced Spatlese. Showing stupendous acidity and tons of freshness with the first tiny hints of petrol peaking through. Powerful aromatic and mouth filling, the texture is perfectly balanced by the racy acid. Lovely price on this and the perfect pairing for SPICY foods.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
When I tasted this, my palate flashed back to the glory days of great off-dry Riesling. Sure, it may not be fashionable to drink a Spatlese but this wine has all the hallmarks of classic Urziger Wurzgarten with flavors of white peaches, roasted apples, slatey minerality and zesty acidity. The favorite line from my tasting notes - Want Some!

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