February 1, 2011: News, Wines of the Month, Mature Riesling

1997er Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Spätlese Trocken

This month, we highlight modern-day legends in terms of dry Mosel Riesling.

(image: Weingut Karthäuserhof, all rights reserved)

If asking about truly great Mosel wines, most would probably mention a great fruity-styled wine (be it Spätlese, Auslese or luscious Trockenbeerenauslese) from their favorite Estate. Few wine lovers know that this region was first renowned for its dry-tasting wines. This style of wine has regained momentum over the last years and is now part of the landscape.

How good these wines can be is best illustrated by the following true benchmark dry-tasting Riesling by any standard.

Read more about these wines and more generally about the potential of "dry" Mosel Riesling in our January 2011 Issue.

1997er

Karthäuserhof

Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Spätlese Trocken

95

This is a stunner of a wine! It offers the most incredibly fresh nose of pineapple, cassis, mint and even a hint of coconut. The wine is zesty (despite having "only" 7 g/l of total acidity) but also superbly silky on the palate. The finish is clean and airy, and yet deep and complex. This perfectly stored bottle is benchmark stuff. Now-2017

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