2017 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling "Superior" Mosel (Previously $55)

SKU #1400800 94 points James Suckling

 Legally, this isn't dry. However, in spite of that, it's a wonderful dry wine for elegant fish dishes. Deep and complex with herbal notes and berries on the nose. Great tension, energy and minerality on the palate. Enormous aging potential, but it is already delicious.  (6/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Dry-tasting, with an intriguing complexity that makes you pause and reflect on each sip. Emerging flavors of spearmint, slate and white pepper draw you in, while a mix of Bosc pear and clementine captivate you. The long, mineral-driven finish makes you reach for another taste. This is harmonious now, but will reward those who store it for several years. (AZ)  (5/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior is quite crunchy on the flinty, deep and complex nose that displays ripe fruit and delicately crunchy slate aromas. The wine is lush and piquant on the palate, with crystalline acidity, structure and lingering mineral salinity and tension. This is a very promising and expressive Abtsberg that comes in with 17 grams of well-hidden residual sugar and 11.5% alcohol. The finish is enormously long and promising. This Superior outperforms the Abtsberg GG clearly. The lingering salinity is so delicately fine and mouthwatering! Tasted from AP 4 18 in June 2019. 93+ points. (SR)  (8/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This zesty, penetrating Riesling is sourced from low-yielding grapes in the best parcels of the producer’s legendary Abtsberg vineyards. It’s intensely smoky and earthen on the nose but boasts tart tangerine and lemon flavors glazed with honey and steel. A complex, captivating wine that’s lovely already but will likely improve through 2030.  (4/2019)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Abtsberg Superior is a very good wine in the making, but it does not show quite the precision and cut of the 2016 version. The quite complex bouquet offers up an elegant blend of lime, apple, slate, a hint of petrol, wild yeasts, citrus peel and a touch of lilacs in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and nicely balanced, with good mineral drive, a respectable core and a long, vibrant and quite wide open finish. This is quite tasty, but it does not seem to have quite the same depth and structural integrity of the 2016 Superior.  (5/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 “Superior” bottlings are selections of the best plots of the vineyard, fermented with ambient yeasts in 1,000-liter casks. This 2017 is rich and earthy, with apple-skin flavors and mineral notes and a broad, full-bodied texture. Tangy lemon acidity keeps the wine buoyant; it’s a substantial QbA for monkfish roasted on the bone.  (2/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Tight, bright and limey on the nose. Gorgeous purity and clarity on the palate, so utterly cool and pristine. Pretty dry, just a hint of spice on the long finish and a peachy aftertaste to balance the acidity. (JH)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 04 18. The 2017er Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Superior was fermented down to delicately off-dry levels (18 g/l of residual sugar). The wine develops a beautiful nose of grapefruit zest, pear, quince, melon and mint. The wine proves nicely juicy on the palate and leaves a delicately sharp feel in the long and mineral-infused finish. The after-taste is all about complex ripe orchard fruits. This simply needs time. 2022-2032." (06/2018)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
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Germany

- 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.
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Mosel-Saar-Ruwer