2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling White Capsule (AP 69) Mosel (Previously $30)

SKU #1316317 93 points James Suckling

 Beautiful berry peach and herbal nose. Dry and elegant with serious depth for just 11% alcohol. Long, cool herbal-mineral finish. Better from 2018, but at least another decade ahead of it.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese AP 69 (White Capsule) opens with a very delicate and slatey/spicy Würzgarten bouquet with bright fruit and flinty mineral aromas. Round and lush on the palate but also with an enormously salty, complex taste and very finely chased acidity, this is a remarkably fine and elegant Würzgarten Spätlese of great purity and expression. I find it less reductive than the Saar Spätlesen but even finer and more transparent. 93+ (SR)  (2/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The dry Molitor Würzgarten Spätlese (there’s also a sweet one, hence my reference to A.P. #) delivers a pungent nose and tangy brightness of fresh lime and kiwi. Brisk and (at just 11 percent alcohol) buoyant, like its Kabinett counterpart this puts the Würz in Würzgarten, delivering a finishing combination of marjoram, pepper cress, and crushed stone that leaves the palate scoured but invigorated and the tongue tingling. (DS)  (6/2017)

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, which produces a tremendously full-bodied wine when combined with emphatic residual sugar, particularly in our Spätlese wines."

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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 (%): 11