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2018 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Kabinett Riesling Saar

SKU #1448753 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark If only there were an English equivalent to the term 'rausch', which means intoxication in a literal but also figurative sense. While here it stems from the sound the slate makes on the steep, stony vineyard, it nonetheless describes the flights the mind takes with just one whiff of this. White summer blossom and lemon zest on the nose lead to a vividly sweet and utterly fresh and precise palate of the ripest, juiciest peach, edged with mandarine zest. A most serious case of utter frivolity, and quite dangerous! Drinking Window 2019 - 2039 (AK) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Rausch Kabinett was scheduled for bottling on April 1st and was showing beautifully at the time of my visit. The bouquet is already showing some of the classical filigree of this Prädikat level at its best, offering up scents of grapefruit, pear, salty slate, white flowers, a hint of Rausch mossiness and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, crisp and complex, with fine mineral drive, excellent focus and grip and the delicate stop on the long finish of a classic example of Kabinett. Fine juice in the making. (Drink between 2019-2050) 92+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Rausch Kabinett is ripe and floral on the nose, while the palate is lush, moderately sweet and filigreed, revealing a nice, stimulating mineral grip. Tasted in June 2019. (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Ripe apple, quince and honeydew melon are seductively garlanded in honeysuckle and peony as well as backed by wet stone on both the nose and the polished, buoyant, luscious palate. The lingering finish is animating, consummately refreshing and mouthwateringly salt-suffused. Once again, here is a Zilliken Riesling that looks on paper like a Spätlese destined to taste overly sweet, yet manages to come off as only subtly so, while offering at least good arguments – even if some tasters will be unconvinced – for its having been labeled Kabinett. (DS) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Delicate and fragrant – with absolutely unmistakable Saar style. Just the sort of thing to please the old guard – rightly so. Dances along. Gentle balance and massive refreshment value. 17/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 13 19. The 2018er Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit harvested at 89° Oechsle and was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers an attractive and ripe nose of pineapple, yellow peach, lavender, almond and candied grapefruit. More yellow and ripe fruits convey the wine the smooth and juicy structure of a Spätlese on the ripe palate. The finish is light, smooth and long. 2026-2038." (08/2019)

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