2018 Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberger Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1434170 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2018 Elisenberger Riesling Kabinett is dense, cool, very precise and flinty-mineral on the nose, which is still reductive but exciting. Coming from a coolish side valley that was picked at roughly 84° to 85° Oechsle at the end of September, this is a gorgeously lush and mouth-filling Riesling with the mineral piquancy of quartzite soils. There is no aggressive acidity here, there is nice tartaric acidity that makes this a seductive Kabinett you can't resist. This is a fabulous, very long and enchanting Riesling. The wine has slightly more than 50 grams of residual sugar and comes in at 8.5% alcohol. It was scheduled to be bottled a couple of days after I tasted it from the cask at the end of March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 (Veldenzer Elisenberger Riesling Kabinett- Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter) The 2018 Elisenberger Kabinett was still in cask and was absolutely singing at the time of my visit. Constantin Richter estimates that the wine finished up around 8.5 percent in alcohol, with close to fifty grams of residual sugar and acids at 8.8 grams. The bouquet is superb, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of gooseberry, bee pollen, a touch of red berry, salty minerality and a lovely topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and nicely filigreed, with lovely intensity of flavor, superb, salty mineral drive, snappy acids and a very long, transparent and utterly classical finish. A beautiful Kabinett. Drink between 2019-2055. 93+  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2018er Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett was harvested at 84° Oechsle and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (50 g/l). It offers a beautiful nose made of white peach, cassis, gooseberry, pear, laurel, herbs and spices. The wine develops the delicate creaminess of a Spätlese on the otherwise nicely crisp palate. The finish is long and nicely fruity. Ripe mirabelle and some herbs join the zesty side in the after-taste." (8/2019)


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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2019 | Send Email
A Monopole for Richter, the Elsenberger vineyard has a rather interesting history having been rescued from being destroyed. The culprit for this near disaster was none other than Napoleon who had to be talked out of the deed by the former owners of the winery, and boy are we glad he did! This is a Kabinett for the ages, perfectly balanced with just a hint of sweetness, notes of white blossoms and pear are followed by a rich palate, chalky minerality, and robust honeyed finish.The sweetness is balanced well by bright peach-like acidity. You can't go wrong with Richter!

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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