2016 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb "Ur" alte Reben" Mosel

SKU #1353879 94-95 points James Suckling

 Super young, but already there's a cornucopia of yellow fruit aromas. Stunning concentration, but not a jot broad or heavy. Very long refined finish. Should be good at least to 2040.  (6/2017)

93 points Vinous

 This bottling from in part centenarian vines manages to convey both greater richness and even greater clarity than the many other fine wines in the Selbachs’ present collection. Alluring scents of iris and heliotrope and a greenhouse-like suggestion of verdant foliage follow as inner-mouth perfume on a creamy, expansive yet (at not quite 12% alcohol) buoyant palate brimming with fresh, juicy apple. Cardamom and coriander seed offer counterpoint, leading into a lusciously lingering finish mouthwateringly salt-tinged and transparent to crystalline stony nuances. (DS)  (1/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From very old, ungrafted vines planted around 1910, the 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Feinherb "Ur-alte Reben" (AP 29 17) has a clear, precise, fine and refreshing bouquet with lemongrass and flinty aromas and notes of finely grained slate. Lush, refined and elegant on the palate, this is a mouth-filling and textured Riesling with fine tannins and gorgeous intensity. The 2016 should be cellared for at least another 5 years. Tasted February 2018.(SR)  (4/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Harmonious, maintaining energy and an expressive, floral-scented and exotic palate. Rose water, cardamom and chamomile tea elements mingle in the core, while this stays compact, with a sinewy, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028.  (6/2018)

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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.