2008 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1086056 90 points Wine Spectator

 A salty, mineral edge to this white keeps it focused, while the lively acidity helps push the apple, lime and slate flavors to a lingering conclusion. Drink now through 2025.  (2/ 2010)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dusty crushed stone, fresh lemon, pear, quince, chamomile, and cardamom scent the von Hovel 2008 Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese, which comes to the palate delicate, subtly creamy in texture, and--paradoxically--tasting drier than the corresponding Kabinett. Hints of green apple and gooseberry on the palate help balance the sweetness and serve for invigoration, although as in a number of instances in this collection, also engender a certain sweet-sour tension. There is plenty of persistence here, and I expect this will prove delightful for at least the next 6-8 years.  (2/ 2010)

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We recently tasted this wonderful Spatlese and were reminded just how good well-made German Rieslings are, especially at this price! Normally $25, we had to have it and knew many of you would jump on this one as well. It's showing beautifuly at the moment with aromas and flavors of soft orchard fruits and slatey minerals along with a wonderfully vibrant, medium-bodied palate with a crisp, minerally finish. Ideal with grilled shrimp, white meats, ham, Asian style dishes or on its own. A terrific deal.

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/7/2012  | Send Email
Oberemmeler Hutte is a monopole for Von Hovel and is one of their best sites. This wine is a pure expression of this terroir with succulent mineral notes and graceful elegance. Their is a beautiful balance of acid to fruit to sweetness. Perfect for pork roasts, chicken or spicy foods.

By: John Downing |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2012  | Send Email
We recently tasted this wonderful Spatlese and were reminded just how good well-made German Rieslings are, especially at this price! Normally $25, we had to have it and knew many of you would jump on this one as well. It's showing beautifuly at the moment with aromas and flavors of soft orchard fruits and slatey minerals along with a wonderfully vibrant, medium-bodied palate with a crisp, minerally finish. Ideal with grilled shrimp, white meats, ham, asian style dishes or on its own. A terrific deal.
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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 3/24/2012 
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Pleasant, with crisp green apple notes and good acidity. On the lighter side for a Spatlese.

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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.
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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.