2019 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Mosel

SKU #1534449 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Halbtrocken, or “half-dry,” is often more confusing than helpful as a designation, but it fits this wine perfectly: On one hand, it’s as juicy as a fresh-picked apple, with a plump button-mushroom earthiness underneath; on the other, it’s lean and driving, with electric acidity and salty minerality. The combination is palate-whetting and powerful enough to stand up to a creamy mushroom fricassee. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Kabinett Halbtrocken bottling from the Zeltinger Himmelreich from Johannes Selbach is a lovely wine, offering up a fine and youthful bouquet of apple, a touch of gooseberry, a hint of honeycomb, slate and a topnote of lime and iris blossoms. On the palate the wine is bright, medium-full and minerally in profile, with a lovely core, a fine girdle of acidity and a long, dry and complex finish. This comes in at 11.5 percent octane in 2019 and is really lovely. It is sealed under screwcap. (Drink between 2020-2040) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Where are the salads? Where is the pasta? Brimming with red apples, this is crisp and extremely animating with a pretty dry balance, the harmonious finish totally food-friendly. Drink now. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken is clear yet intense and bright on the coolish, precise and elegant nose. Round, lush and piquant on the palate, this is a dense and textured Kabinett with good concentration and a crystalline mineral structure that leads to stimulating acidity. Still baby-young and reductive but a gorgeous wine. 11.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

90pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 07 20. The 2019er Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken was harvested at 92° Oechsle on 40-year-old vines located mid-slope and was fermented down in stainless steel to off-dry levels of residual sugar (14 g/l). It proves still rather backward and reduced at first and only gradually reveals some aromatic and fresh scents of pineapple, green apple, lime, grapefruit, pear, and smoke. The wine has superb presence and freshness on the juicy-zesty palate and leaves an almost dry-tasting feel in the clean finish. The after-taste is zesty, smoky, and animating. This light, almost dry-tasting Riesling is simply a joy to drink. Now-2026." (08/2020)

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