2007 Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett (Previously $18)

SKU #1136749 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A generic 2007 Riesling Schonborn’s fourth non-vineyard-designated bottling this vintage, for those who are counting offers something of the piquancy and refreshment that characterized the trocken version. Pear, apple, and nut oils are tinged by peach kernel bitterness and salt in this smoothly-textured Riesling that’s a bit obviously sweet, but should find its uses over the next 3-4 years.  (10/ 2009)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and plump, with peach and apricot notes. Balanced and accessible now, with a citrus- and mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2015.  (12/ 2008)

K&L Notes

Schloss Schönborn is one of Germany's largest and oldest estates and can be traced back to the times of the crusades in 1349. The estate is still family owned today. If you like your Rieslings with some bottle age on them, then this should be right up your alley. With more than 650 years of winegrowing tradition, this family-owned estate puts quality front and center. 2007 was a very pretty and precise vintage and this wine shows every aspect of that with its bright perfume of fruits, precise minerality, juicy acidity and lengthy finish. One hell of a deal at $13.99!

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By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2013  | Send Email
This 2007 Kabinett is just now starting to show off its sexy potential. Light and delicate on the palate but retaining a racy core of bright fruit and juicy acidity. Definite no brainer…

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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:

Rheingau