2018 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr "Rotlay" Riesling Auslese Mosel (Previously $60)

SKU #1461486 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Linden, heliotrope, quince and apple in jellied as well as fresh form are effusively evoked on the nose, and the creamy palate offers corresponding billowing inner-mouth perfume, confitured richness but also freshness of fruit, reflecting the healthy and marginally less ripe (i.e., not overripe!) bunches that were included in this en bloc harvest. The lusciously and seductively lingering finish preserves creaminess, refreshing juiciness and floral perfume while introducing an invigorating lick of cinnamon and a nibble of fresh ginger. All of this is underscored by a slightly more prominent sweetness than generally exhibited by Selbach-Oster 'Rotlay' bottlings, a phenomenon doubtless attributable to lower-than-usual acidity. But the sweetness suits the wine’s personality, and never dominates. (DS) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Multidimensional, with sweet, ripe apricot, guava and honey nuances, supported by acidity that pierces through and needs some more time to mellow, but promises a bright future. Texturally, this is seductive, with slight density and no rough edges. Shows intense flavor. (AZ) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 13 19. The 2018er Rotlay, as it is referred to on the consumer label, was block-harvested at 107° Oechsle in this privileged sector of the vineyard situated near the border to Wehlen (the reference to Zeltinger Sonnenuhr is only provided on the back label), and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (100 g/l). It offers a nice nose made of melon, passion fruit, apricot, aniseed herbs, and smoke. The wine is beautifully elegant and superbly balanced on the palate, and leaves a delicately ample but subtly zesty feel in the creamy finish. A hint of citric zest provides quite some structure and power to the after-taste. 2028-2048." (10/2019)

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