2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Auslese** Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel

SKU #1314079 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese ** (Golden Capsule) displays clear, intense, concentrated and perfectly ripe (stone-) fruit that does not show any hints of botrytis (but a single new barrel) although the grapes were partly botrytised yet perfectly sorted. Rich, round and lush like a Spätlese but finessed and elegant like a top class Auslese, this is an intense and creamy textured Rausch Auslese with an endless flow of very fine Riesling juice intermixed with lemon juice. The acidity is super fine but fresh and vital, and there are even very fine tannins that probably come from the Burgundian pièce that was blended with the 1000-liter stainless steel vat. This is a crystalline Auslese with clear and perfectly ripe fruit and a long, complex finish. 97+ points. (SR)  (4/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 A ton of dried fruit character and plenty of spice too. A lot of power and density, but the acidity is laser bright and that lifts the finish beautifully. Better from 2020 and should reach at least the mid-century.

93 points Vinous

 This 'two-star' Auslese confirms what last year’s 'three-star' bottling suggested, namely that Molitor’s recently acquired vines in Rausch are quite capable of playing in the Saar’s premier league. Scents of papaya and confitured Rainier cherry are shadowed by high-toned suggestions of kirsch distillate and accompanied by intimations of fresh, zesty lime, all of which anticipates a palate impression that is exotically ripe and plush but at the same time invigoratingly bright. A musky, animal dimension and pungent smokiness typical for this site lend intrigue to a wine that walks on the wild side in terms of volatility and botrytis, finishing with raw intensity and innervating, implacable persistence. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Saarburger Rausch is one of the most important sites in the Saar. The soil here is composed of a mixture of decomposed, grey, Devonian slate and volcanic diabase. The soils are highly penetrable and roots can dive 10 meters into the fractured slate giving the wines a distinctive minerality.

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 7.5