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2015 Markus Molitor Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel

SKU #1316312 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Molitor's 2015 Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett (Green Capsule) is a super clear and aromatic, highly finessed and precise Saar Riesling with piquant acidity and a long, stimulatingly salty and grippy finish with lots of tension and finesse. Its lychee bouquet reminds me of fine Gewurztraminers, but the piquant finish is clearly Saar and even Bockstein. A gorgeous Riesling classic with great precision! (SR)  (4/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Beautiful ripe, white fruits and some flowers character. Very clean and crisp with a balance that will strike many wine drinkers as dry enough. Less than 10% alcohol! A great sundown wine this year or any time to 2025.

91 points Vinous

 Fresh apple is garlanded with mint and iris for a hauntingly aromatic, cooling, infectiously juicy palate impression. Delicacy born of 9.5 percent alcohol is allied to supportive but extremely subtle sweetness, while saline, faintly sweaty notes -- a perfect foil for the wine’s cooling mintiness -- add mouthwatering savor and invigorating tang to a sustained finish. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

The soils of Ockfener Bockstein are again largely Devonian slate with smaller deposits of quartz and clay. Wines from this site are open and accesible in their youth but will also stand the test of time. Lifted floral tones are often found in the wines from these steep slopes.

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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.