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2015 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1304834 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett opens very pure and stony/flinty, as well as fresh and aromatic on the nose. Sweet, lush and intense on the palate, this is a mouthful of stimulatingly fine and round Kabinett. The finish is perfectly balanced and highly seductive. There is no need to wait for this tropical Kabinett. It was bottled with 8.5% alcohol and more than 60 grams of residual sugar. (SR)  (4/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Picked at 84 Oechsle (its 2014 predecessor came in at 80) and fermented only to 7.5 percent alcohol (a whole point less than that 2014), this still somehow manages to harbor only marginally more residual sugar than the 2014, and the 60 grams in question does not engender dominant sweetness. A youthfully yeasty, cheesy veil has to part before scents of grapefruit, lemon and red currants emerge. Those fruits dominate a firm, juicy, zesty, buoyant palate and a lusciously lingering finish transparent to stony and pungently green herbal nuances. (DS)  (6/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and juicy, with pure flavors of melon, red peach and Fuji apple. Notes of sea salt linger on the crunchy finish. (KM)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

93 points, Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 05 16. Harvested at a moderate 84° Oechsle, the 2015er Goldtröpfchen Kabinett still shows some residual notes from the spontaneous fermentation at first and only gradually reveals its bouquet of apricot tree flower, gooseberry, fresh herbs and spices. The wine is superbly fresh and complex on the palate, where it woes one with a lightly creamy texture and good aromatic ripeness and density. This richer side is nicely enhanced by a feeling of focus in the zesty and pure finish. This is a superb Kabinett in the making! 2023-2035."

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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.