Archive for June 18th, 2009

selbach osterWhen you’ve been around since 1661, you might know a thing or two about making wine. Such is the case with Selbach-Oster, a german producer with a long history of consistently making great wines.

Johannes Selbach is among the new generation of talented young winemakers in Germany, and he’s tenacious in his pursuit of new ways to improve the quality of his wines. At the same time, he steadfastly upholds the tradition of the estate. He is a devout proponent of the idea that great wines are “grown” rather than “made.”

The Domprobst vineyard is located on the steep slope behind the village of Graach in the Middle Mosel. Medium-size chunks of grey-blue Devonian slate over a thick layer of loam dominate the landscape. It has a comparatively heavy subsoil with excellent underground water supply. This all contributes to a classic style Mosel Riesling.

Very youthful aromas of peach, honeysuckle, lemon zest, and flint marry with a slight botrytis character. On the palate, it bursts with nectarine and mango. It has a pleasant sweetness that is not cloying, with balanced refreshing acidity, and a long finish. At 9% alcohol, I practically drank the whole bottle before I realized it. It was that good. Superb!

Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Blend: 100% Riesling

Vineyard: Graacher Domprobst

Cases Produced: ??

Bottle Size: 750ml

Suggested Retail Price: $39

The wine is available from JV Wine & Spirits.

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