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2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett Mosel (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1498008 95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2019 Domprobst Kabinett AP #3 from the Schaefer family is another absolutely stunning young wine. The bouquet is pure, precise and very promising, offering up scents of pear, tart orange, wild yeasts, a beautiful and deep base of slate, a touch of iris blossom and gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and medium-full, with a superb core of fruit, classic Domprobst mineral drive, bright, zesty acids and impeccable balance and grip on the long, focused and nascently complex finish. As is typical of the Domprobst, this wine is not as expressive as the Himmelreich Kabinett out of the blocks and will demand some time in the cellar to blossom, but it will be another great wine with some bottle age. 2026-2060+. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The most perfect white peach, but because it comes from the Mosel, it has many other nuances that range from fresh herbs through honeysuckle to the merest hint of exotic fruit. So elegant and refined on the palate and all this so neatly fitted into the sleek silhouette. Very long, silky finish with near-perfect balance. And yes, there is some grape sweetness in there somewhere. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett opens to a clear and very delicate bouquet with the typical refined smoky slate aroma that is perfectly intertwined with ripe and elegant fruit. The attack on the palate is finely racy and vital, giving way to an almost dry tasting purity that leads to the fine, almost dry and seriously mineral finish. The 2019 Domprobst Kabinett is perfectly balanced and finessed yet tensioned and highly stimulating in its piquant and vivacious finish. This is an extraordinary Kabinett indeed. 8% alcohol. Tasted in June 2020. 2019 is a great vintage for this tiny icon producer in Graach. Christoph and Andrea Schaefer were even able to select a (dry) Grosses Gewächs from the Himmelreich, and I am curious to taste the result as soon as possible. However this wine will show, the sweet predicates are hard to beat. They are absolutely brilliant and possibly include some of the finest I have tasted here. Just look at the several selections from the family's Domprobst holdings! A great Kabinett, three highly finessed Spätlesen, three savory Auslesen and even a Beerenauslese! Namely, Schaefer's Spätlesen (Domprobst #5 and #10) and Auslesen (Domprobst #14 and Himmelreich) are extraordinary, and you don't have to go to the auction in Trier in September to prove it. Due to the cold autumn and the healthy grapes, there was even time to sort for a Beerenauslese in the Domprobst, which is another highlight of the vintage and based entirely on healthy..(SR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

96pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 03 20. The 2019er Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It offers an absolutely tantalizing and hugely complex nose made of yellow peach, minty herbs, grapefruit, lime peel, a hint of whipped cream, and fresh lily flowers, all wrapped into fine residual scents from the spontaneous fermentation. The wine has grip, energy, and great focus on the palate, yet remains at all moment extremely light and balanced. A bracing and spicy touch of acidity then kicks in, giving the wine structure and blending the flavors together as well as whipping them up right into the tight and hugely long finish. This remarkable Kabinett in the making is set to become a modern-day legend! 2027-2043." (05/2020)

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