2015 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett Mosel (Saar)

SKU #1269129 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Scharzhofberger Kabinett #2 is very clear, deep, intense and complex on the nose, with smoky slate, iron and citrus flavors that come along highly delicate and with a subversive complexity. Mouth-filling, round and lush, but super clear, fresh and salty, this is a gorgeous Kabinett that is full and filigreed at the same time. (NM)  (4/2017)

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94 points Mosel Fine Wines: "Quite shy and even non-saying at first, this only gradually reveals gorgeously elegant and beautifully integrated scents of cassis, grapefruit, pear and flowery herbs on the nose. The wine proves finely spiced on the palate and oozes freshness and elegance as zesty acidity provides focus to the brilliant core of minerals running through the wine. The wine is still on the backward side, both flavor wise and in the finish but the balance and elegance are simply stunning. This will need time to develop aromatically but should then prove a great vibrant rendition of a Scharzhofberger Kabinett. In many ways, this reminds us of a slightly deeper version of the brilliant 1990. What a spectacular wine in the making! 2025-2040."

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Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Not sure how or why, but this wine is so far and above the others it is mind-boggling. The complexity and intensity of aromas and flavors is something of legend. This has fantastic weight without being heavy. In fact, it is almost ethereal on the palate. Freshness, spice, intense core of textural fruit, bright minerals that are layered up, down and all around, and a length that can’t be beat. This is a definite cellar candidate and should be put away for at least 10–15 years or even 20-plus. Can only truly describe this wine in two words: brilliant and stunning.

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- 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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