2014 Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese *** "Zeltinger Sonnenuhr" Green Capsule (Previously $70)

SKU #1301755 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The white/golden-colored 2014 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Green Capsule) opens with a very clear, refined and open-hearted bouquet of slate, flint stones, lemons, oranges, ripe peaches, pineapples, lychees and oriental spices. What a fussy berry selection this must have been to get a clarity like this into the nose! Rich, intense and juicy on the first palate, this is a round and (moderately) sweet, highly elegant and finesse-full Auslese with a very long and complex, very salty and juicy finish with fully ripe nectarine flavors and great tension. This is one of the very rare Rieslings from the central Middle Mosel that celebrates its great old vines terroir with such purity, brilliance and finesse. I recommend to age this beauty for at least 7-8 years and to enjoy it over a period of 20 or 30 years. (AP #59) (SR)  (3/2016)

94 points Vinous

 This impeccably balanced, only subtly sweet "three-star" Auslese betrays positive botrytis on a nose that suggests truffles and white bread, behind which emerge bittersweet, buddleia-like floral perfume, high-toned almond extract and white peach. Creamy and deep on the palate yet simultaneously juicy in its melding of grapefruit, lemon and fresh white peach, it finishes with a gorgeously lingering interlayering of floral perfume, ripe fruit, piquant, smoky nut oils, citrus and wet stone. (DS)  (11/2016)

K&L Notes

3 Stars ***

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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 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.


- 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.