2014 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese *** White Capsule Mosel Mosel

SKU #1301753 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The white/golden-colored 2014 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese *** (White Capsule) is very concentrated and clear on the aromatic nose, which displays dried fruits and lemon confit that indicate an extremely late harvest. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly intense, but also clear, fresh, fine and very elegant on the palate with cutting acidity, this is a great and highly complex Riesling. It is persistently salty/mineral and powerful, with an endless and finesse-full finish that reveals a stunning purity and tension. This unique Saar Auslese tastes almost as precise and sharp like an Eiswein. The pink-colored grapes were picked with 105-108° Oechsle and bottled with just 12.5% alcohol. It's piquant as only a Saar Riesling can be, and does not stop vibrating on the palate and atomizing its crushed stone and lemon perfume. I have never tasted a dry Saar Riesling like this. This is great dry Riesling for extremists. Immortal. (SR)  (3/2016)

90 points Vinous

 This essentially dry-tasting 'three-star' Auslese leads with scents of Meyer lemon that anticipate the juicy and almost blazing brightness of a palpably extract-rich, firm-feeling palate. Smoke and crushed stone accents typical for this unusual diabase and slate site carry into an almost severely concentrated, tartly invigorating finish that very much reflects this wine’s 10.5 grams of acidity and more than 40 grams of dry extract. This is definitely a wine to revisit in 2017, preferably before investing in it, and my assessment of ageworthiness should not be taken as a prediction that it will be more fun to drink in six or eight years: I simply don’t know. (DS)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

3 Stars ***

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer