2016 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1353880 94 points James Suckling

 Super-cool and super-delicate wine with great depth and wonderful balance. A blast of freshness that makes most white wines seem like yesterday's news. Should be exciting at least until 2030.  (6/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (AP 18 17) is pure and flinty on the nose, offering ripe and darker toned stone fruit aromas intertwined with crunchy slate and flinty aromas. On the palate, this is a super lush and stimulating Kabinett with fine tannins, grip and lingering salinity. This is a gorgeous Kabinett, and it's extremely stimulating. (SR)  (4/2018)

90 points Vinous

 The nose is a bit shrouded by yeasty fermentative notes but opens to reveal scents of ripe pear garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope. This displays a bit less clarity and refreshment than the corresponding Schlossberg but shows compensatory creamy textural allure and soothing, subtly sweet persistence; pear seed and lime zest offer stimulating counterpoint. (DS)  (1/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A well-knit, firmly structured kabinett, with beautiful harmony between the stone fruit, dandelion and tarragon notes, all linked by intense acidity. Shows complexity and length. Drink now through 2025. (AZ)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2018 | Send Email
The Selbach Oster estate has kept wine making in the family for four hundred years. Working out of the middle Mosel, the estate has several ungrafted vineyards, with the vine age on some up to 100 years old. The rocky, Devonian slate in many of the vineyards forces the vines to dig deeply into the soil to find water and nutrients. The wines, even at an entry level, are complex and highly aromatic. The Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett highlights one of the Mosel's most acclaimed vineyard sites for a sub $20 price point. On the nose is the classic flinty minerality with notes of dried orange and marmalade. The 2016 vintage produced ripe, fruity wines and this has a tempered acidity letting the beautiful fruit really shine through. An exceptional bottle from one of our favorite producers!

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.


- 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.