2015 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1298775 90 points Vinous

 Lily-of-the-valley and geranium combine with yeastiness from spontaneous fermentation for a penetrating aromatic display. Apple, lime and grapefruit, all also intimated on the nose, burst exuberantly onto a glycerol-rich but buoyant palate with juicy, crisp-edged, zesty force. There is a slight sense of sweet-sour tension here, and despite 9 percent alcohol, relatively high for a residually sweet Kabinett, there are still 57 grams of residual sugar and the sweetness is quite prominent. A cheek-tugging, tongue-tingling, palate-staining finish invigorates and refreshes. This should cellar impressively.

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Winemaker's Notes: "The "Goldgrube" our grand cru comes from the best plots and oldest vines (up to 100 years old!) of the Wolfer Goldgrube and is literally the quintessencial wine of this slope; with a rich spectrum of flavors that include tropical hints, it is complex, deep and focused. it boasts a remarkable mineralic backbone and a great ageing potential."

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
This is the first wine from Vollenweider Wolfer I've ever tasted, but after this bottle I'm scouring the internet to find out more about this Mosel producer. This wine absolutely rocked my world. I was making faces and doing a little dance after tasting it with my colleague Ryan Woodhouse in the tasting bar. It's packed to capacity with mineral notes, wet slate, and a tangy, almost leesy, acidity that rips through your taste buds on the finish. The wine comes from the Vom Boden import portfolio, one that I'm very intrigued in tasting more from at this point. Buy this wine if you even remotely like riesling.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 9