2015 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1309105 95 points Bob Campbell

 One of the warmest summers in the Mosel for the past 100 years does not seem to have dulled the knife-edged acidity in this high energy wine. Wonderful purity with chalky mineral, citrus, lime and subtle tree fruit flavours. The sweet-and-sour balance achieves exquisite tension. A wonderful buy at this price.

93 points James Suckling

 The most youthful of the 2015 kabinetts from Loosen with the typical spice for this site and a wave of minerals at the finish. Better from 2018 and can easily age another decade.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett displays a very clear, pure and refined, but deep, complex and flinty bouquet; there are stony and lemon perfume aromas. On the palate, this is a very complex, firm and racy Riesling that is low in alcohol (8%), but high in tension and acidity. The finish is long, tight and very complex. I'd keep this Kabinett in the cellar for five or more years, but it can easily age for more than 20 years.

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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