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2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 Mosel

SKU #1461473 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a wicked reductive edge now, so either don’t touch this for a long time, or let it open up in the glass (or, yes, decanter!). When it does finally give way, soak up the amazing, stoney nuances, freshly squeezed Japanese plums and Korean pears. Medium-bodied and tightly constructed on the palate, bound by a flinty texture with pointed acidity and crunchy lemon zest. Medium-long on the finish. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The AP #10 Spätlese from the Domprobst vineyard is also superb in 2018. The bouquet is bright and beautifully expressive for a young Domprobst, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, apple, violets, bee pollen, a lovely base of slate and a gentle topnote of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is fullish and nicely succulent on the attack, with truly beautiful purity to the fruit, fine soil signature and a long, perfectly balanced and zesty. I love the backend slate-acid duality that defines the backend of this wine. This is a Domprobst Spätlese that will only need three or four years in the cellar to really start drinking with style and generosity. (Drink between 2023-2075) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Harmonious, with prominent slate details adding to the crunchy texture, while apricot, pear and dandelion aromas and flavors provide a charming aspect. Tangy acidity makes this refreshing and delivers a long, lingering finish. Will develop nicely. (AZ) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Smoky mineral and herbal citrus, suggesting spontaneous fermentation, already complex in terms of the aroma despite its youth. On the palate, sweet flavours of ripe lemon and apricot, generous in fruit and with plenty of freshness to balance. Viscous texture and long succulent finish with just a hint of spice, beautifully integrated freshness. Needs time to gain complexity on the palate but it has delicious citrus purity. (JH) 17+/20 Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

94pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 10 19. The 2018er Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese AP 10 was harvested at just above 90° Oechsle and was fermented down to fully fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. This offers telltale aromatics including pear, quince, greengage, laurel and caraway. The wine is packed with fruits, spices and herbs and yet remains incredibly filigreed right into the spicy finish. This is a superb effort and a great Spätlese with real Spätlese character. 2028-2048." (06/2019)

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