This month, we highlight a modern-day legend in terms of dry Mosel Riesling.
If asked to name a truly great Mosel wine, most wine lovers would probably mention a great fruity-styled Riesling (be it a Spätlese, an Auslese or a luscious Trockenbeerenauslese) from their favorite Estate. Few people know that this region was first renowned for its great dry-tasting Riesling.
This style of wine has regained momentum over the last years and is now an integral if not central part of the Mosel winemaking landscape.
How good these wines can be is best illustrated by an amazing 1997er Spätlese Trocken from Weingut Karthäuserhof. This wine proves still remarkably vibrant and fresh and sets a benchmark in terms of dry Riesling by any standards.
We published a detailed article on "dry" Mosel Riesling, supported by over 100 tasting notes, in the Mosel Fine Wines Issue No 14 (January 2011).
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Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Spätlese Trocken
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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