2019 Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese Mosel (Previously $47)

SKU #1547517 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark With its ripe-pear, peach and mirabelle aromas, this is an immediately appealing spatlese, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of acidity and subtlety lurking below the waters' calm surface. Long, rather dry finish. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Abtsberg forms the heart of the Grünhaus estate, 35 acres of blue Devonian slate on vertiginous 70-degree slope. In 2019, the von Schuberts coaxed an excellent Grosses Gewächs from the site (also recommended here), and they seem to have hit a particularly sweet spot with this Spätlese. The wine is shy at first, revealing tight, bright notes of lemon peel and rock, but give it some air and it blossoms, developing an orange and peach richness bolstered by vibrant, electric acidity. The flavors last, with a slightly saline impression encouraging another sip. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich and creamy, yet lively, this white delivers peach, apricot, baked apple and celery seed aromas and flavors. A saline, mineral note underlines it all as this lingers on the finish. Complex and expressive. Drink now through 2040. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Abtsberg Spätlese is fresh and stony on the nose—almost greenish—and, in any case, terribly pure, fresh and precise, with flinty notes of crushed stones and also perfectly ripe tropical fruit aromas that come out with a bit of aeration. Mouthfillingly round and generous but also precise, fresh and finessed on the palate, this is a picture-book Spätlese that has more of a creamy texture than the more-crystalline Herrenberg Kabinett. The finish is concentrated and juicy, very aromatic and piquant. Tasted as a sample in April 2020. (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 05 20. The 2019er Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese was fermented down to fully sweet levels of residual sugar. This yellow-colored wine offers a backward nose made of apricot, lemon, grapefruit, pear, and vineyard peach, all wrapped into some reductive notes of wet stone, slate, and smoke. It is delicately creamy and superbly finely sizzled on the palate, and leaves a multi-layered feel of ripe yellow orchard fruits in the long and suave and delicately fruity-sweet finish. This combines the intensity of a light Auslese with the juicy drinking abilities of a gorgeous Spätlese. There is quite some upside here as the sweetness will recede and the wine will develop its multi-layered nuances." (06/2020)

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