2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml)

SKU #1316120 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese is very clear, fresh and smoky on the nose that displays super fine, ripe, precise and well defined fruit intertwined with very fine slate aromas. This BA has a seamless, highly finessed and delicate texture and is terribly stimulating due to its transparency, finesse and crystallinity. The finish is stimulatingly fine and salty but also complex and frisky, very crystalline. I have rarely tasted such a fine, fresh and digestible BA. 99+ points. (SR)  (4/2017)

96-97 points Vinous

 Last tasted from cask, this delivers a slight botrytis prickle suggestive of candied lemon peel and ginger, along with scents of honey and quince preserves and an aura of white bread reminiscent of how botrytis often announces itself from the great 1971 vintage. The palate is subtly oily and rather viscous but projects an impressively pure sense of quince and peach concentrate, while the zesty, spicy elements anticipated on the nose contribute delightful invigoration without becoming disruptive. An upwelling of nut oils serves for smoky and piquant counterpoint, while hints of lanolin and resin from barrique are decently integrated if in no way synergistic. The finish here pulls out all the stops on the organ, with a resonant, vibratory intensity that bespeaks boundless energy. Thankfully, here is an instance where the influence of oak seems not to have diminished primary juiciness in the least, with the amazing result that a Beerenauslese manages not just to innervate but even to refresh. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Covering less than 20 hectares this top Middle Mosel site has mainly very old, ungrafted vines (often more than 80 years old) with fine but also very stony soils of mostly quite light blue Devon slate. The oldest and best plots are often located on small terraces with very little soil, producing very low yields (10-20 hl/ha) of exceptional quality. This site produces our greatest dry and off-dry wines as well as many of our top botrytis wines. All wines grown on the Sonnenuhr have an incomparably elegant ripeness relative to the vintage."

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 7