2016 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Kabinett Nahe

SKU #1334127 92 points Vinous

 Picked ahead of even this year’s generic Riesling, this delivers scents and infectious juiciness of fresh lime, apple and white peach with cooling mint and fennel as well as crushed stone and pungently smoky struck flint accents. At 9.5 grams of acidity, there is a vibrant and animating cast to the wine’s buoyant, subtly silken palate. Invigorating nips of cress and mouthwatering mineral minerality add to the irresistible appeal of a vibrant, refreshingly sustained finish. (The preceding note was taken from a natural cork-finished bottle, representative of the majority of bottles. A screwcapped bottling tasted alongside displayed more pronounced salinity but marginally less silken texture, vivid fruit or cooling green herbal character. It also introduced an overt albeit subtle charge of tingling CO2.)(DS)  (4/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 The hint of funk and the spirtz add excitement to this light and succulent riesling that's brimming with lemony freshness.  (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a steep, terraced, southwest-facing plot on weathered phyllite slate, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Felseneck Kabinett was picked early at 83° Oechsle. It is a lovely, clear, piquant and crystalline Kabinett with lush fruit and a long, stimulatingly salty finish. It is light, fresh and buoyant, a highly elegant and filigreed Kabinett classic at its best. It is ripe but nevertheless vital and piquant. The finish is long and aromatic. A great Kabinett from the Nahe. (SR)  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Intense, electric acidity lends firmness to this refreshing and complex version. Flavors of apple, lanolin and quince are sprinkled with smoked sea salt for added charm. Maintains focus and shows depth and harmony on the persistent finish. (AN)  (2/2018)

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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.