2011 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1117675 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Selbach-Oster’s 2011 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese offers clear, lusciously juicy, apple, papaya, pink grapefruit and blood orange tinged with honey and transparent to smoky, stony, and saline nuances that follow into a dynamic, shimmering finish. At 7.5 grams per liter this is as high as total acidity gets (with one frozen exception) in this year’s Selbach collection, and there does indeed seem to exist some correlation with the vivacity and clarity on exhibit. Look for at least two decades of pleasure in this wine’s company.  (4/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicately floral and just a touch dusty/mineral and fine sour lemon/lime fruit on the nose. Acidity more noticeable than on many Spätlesen tasted so far, then the sweetness stands out more on the finish. Needs time to integrate those two poles. Rich and rounded but with a line of freshness leading the way.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

91 points from Mosel Fine Wines: "Marked by some notes of wild yeast fermentation, this exhibits beautiful flavors of bright yellow and ripe fruits, with some smoke and bacon. The wine is deliciously sappy and juicy on the palate, with good complexity and not too much weight. It does crescendo finish, which leaves a feeling of clean, rich, and sweet fruits. This is clearly of Auslese level and, as such, a delicious effort!" (07/2012)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.