2018 Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1434169 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Mostly from very old vines (80 to 90 years old) and vinified partly (one-third) in stainless steel, the 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett offers a fine, flinty, super sensual, mind-blowing bouquet of perfectly ripe but coolish, precise and even quartzite-like aromas. On the palate, the wine is wide, pure, elegant and energetic—a powerhouse but in the most delicious and delicate way. The palate is complex, opening wide but always precise and very, very long, with great mineral grip and tension but also lush and sensual features. This is a great Mosel Riesling indeed. Tasted from the cask in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 These were the first Riesling bunches picked on September 18th and the wine has turned out beautifully. The bouquet is pure and very refined, delivering a fine constellation of pear, delicious apple, vanilla bean, a touch of petrol, slate, apple blossoms and a gentle, esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full and very pure and delicate, with fine intensity of flavor, excellent focus and grip and a long, vibrant and transparent finish. Another really fine Kabinett. (Drink between 2022-2060)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2018er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett was harvested early at 85° Oechsle and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (50 g/l). It offers a gorgeous but ripe nose of mirabelle, pear and fine spices. The wine proves intense and delicately spicy on the palate and leaves a rather ripe and still slightly backward feel of herbs and spices in the long and fruity-styled finish. There is upside here as the wine gains in presence at maturity." (8/2019)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2019 | Send Email
This is intense and flinty with exotically spiced dried fruit and wonderfully austere sweetness to the lingering stone fruit flavors. The flavors are precise and chiseled in this vibrant bottling.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer