2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule (Off-Dry) Mosel

SKU #1316314 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett (Green Capsule) is based on the same grape quality as the dry Kabinett and opens with a deep, complex and smoky/flinty bouquet of ripe stone fruit aromas, crushed stones and sweet herbal flavors. Silky textured, round and lush, this is a full-bodied, highly elegant, finessed and stunningly complex Würzgarten Kabinett. Perfectly balanced, with a great, beautifully pure and salty finish and immense aging potential. Gorgeous! (SR)  (4/2017)

92 points Vinous

 A faintly yeasty, cheesy fermentative overlay to the nose dissipates with aeration. Behind that emerges a site-typical amalgam of lime and strawberry, which then inform the palate with a chiffon-like sense of delicacy allied to richness of flavor. Cooling mint, pungent coriander seed and invigoratingly incisive cress lend delectable appeal to a long finish transparent to alkaline and wet stone notes that serve for fascinating counterpoint. The very discreet sweetness here is entirely supportive, and I would be delighted if Rieslings displaying this one’s balance were once again considered classic examples of Mosel Kabinett. (DS)  (6/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Very clean and crisp with plenty of herbal character and a hint of caramel. Very good now, but will be equally delicious any time through 2025.

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone."

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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.