By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2014 | Send Email
Mönchof (the monk's palace) is an estate with a tremendous history. They have Roman wine presses on the premises, and as in Burgundy, the vineyards were selected and farmed and the wines made by the order of Cistercian monks starting in the 12th century. What's more, when the church sold the winery in 1804, it was to the Eymael family. And Robert Eymael still farms the estate and makes wine here today. Imagine that. In a thousand years, there have been two owners! This comes from one of my favorite vineyards in the town of Urzig in the middle Mosel. The Würzgarten, or spice garden, has a soil which is a mixture of red clay and slate, resulting in wines with great richness and drive plus a racy quality I always find reminiscent of a Saar wine. This is a shockingly good deal and delicious Riesling, combining, as it does, a ripe peach flavor with a nice spice and acidity at the finish to keep the wine vibrant. Don't miss it!