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2015 Van Volxem "Rotschiefer" Kabinett feinherb Saar

SKU #1300978 91 points James Suckling

 Brimming with berries and herbs. The racy acidity makes this wine taste much drier than it actually is and makes it a very flexible partner for all kinds of spicy and smoked dishes. Delicious any time during the next five years.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Saar Riesling Kabinett Rotschiefer is clear, ripe and flinty on the pretty aromatic nose. This Riesling is pure, lush and salty on the palate, with slightly sweet fruit, but a very nice piquancy and salty grip. This is a well structured and stimulating Kabinett with 10% alcohol and medium-dry 25 grams of residual sugar. 90+ points. (SR)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

The Van Voxlem Rotschiefer (Red Slate) Riesling is selected from Grosse Lagen (Grand Cru) sites in the Saar village of Wiltingen. This iron rich red slate brings forth soft, ripe fruit flavors conterbalanced by mouthwatering Saar acidity and intense minerality. This Kabinett / feinherb style is deliciously off-dry and perfectly balanced. Located in the historic center of Wiltingen in the Saar Valley, the Van Volxem winery dates back to Roman times. The wine estate is on the site of a Roman villa, whose fragments are still visible today. The estate’s vineyards (which were first planted in the 3rd century in the area’s best slate slopes) are among the oldest in the region. Monks rediscovered the estate in the 11th century, and then the Jesuits cultivated the vineyards starting in the 16th century."

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