Müller-Catoir Riesling Kabinett Trocken Pfalz 2011
Pink grapefruit on the nose. Truly surprisingly dark flavors with slight mint and grapefruit zest had been dipped in dark chocolate. Rich and vivacious! some floral notes and melon. Complex, ever-evolving and simply fantastic! Great mineral, acidity and sweetness all balanced harmoniously. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/15/10Add winemaker's notes
Pink grapefruit on the nose. Truly surprisingly dark flavors with slight mint and grapefruit zest had been dipped in dark chocolate. Rich and vivacious! some floral notes and melon. Complex, ever-evolving and simply fantastic! Great mineral, acidity and sweetness all balanced harmoniously. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/15/10
Best Riesling tasted yet.
Four and a half glasses
A wonderful wine. Pefect drinking now. Will improve and mature for at least another 10 years.
External Reviews for Müller-Catoir Riesling Kabinett Trocken Pfalz
Winemaker Martin Franzen is coming into his own after beginning at Müller-Catoir with big shoes to fill. He’s taking things in stride and creating some real gems, like this mineral laden Riesling. It’s bold, dry yet delicate and with complexity that charms.
Lusciously ripe and possessed of an almost mind-numbing clarity, this exceptionally brilliant spätlese--harvested from vines planted atop a fragile deposit of löss and loam--will send ecstatic shivers down your spine.
This viscous and unapologetically confectionary Rieslaner is a harvest of glazed pineapple, butterscotch and waves of eucalyptus heightened by a brightly citric palate. The evolution over the next 20-25 years will be almost unimaginable.
Riotously blossomy exotic fragrance (plum blossom, allspice) and a tangy juicy spicy palate; very silky texture.
Picked out - in part berry-by-berry - over the range of this large site, the Muller-Catoir 2008 Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Auslese features Persian melon and quince preserves with lily and heliotrope perfume and a hint of yeastiness; seems to levitate on the palate while supplying a boundless, creamy, indescribably luscious source of honey, fruit preserves, nut oils, and liquid floral perfume; and finishes with soothing, caramel-tinged richness and stimulating hints of peach kernel and salt. You won't encounter a much more complex and ethereal yet at the same time seductively rich Riesling than this, even in a vintage that favors the possibility. I'd plan on savoring this impeccably-balanced and by no means sugar-dominated Auslese over the next 30 years. Wine Advocate, #187 Feb 2010, David Schildknecht
Continuing with the simplification of labeling - but in this instance no cross-vineyard blending, as the wine comes entirely from the Eselshaut - Muller-Catoir has rendered a 2007 Mussbacher Riesling Kabinett that is positively gaudy. Scents and flavors of mango, peach, musk melon, talcum, and honey are backed by a considerable measure of sheer sweetness. An opulent yet not at all heavy palate display leads to a lasting finish from which one might, however, ask for just a bit more juiciness. This should keep well for at least 8-10 years, and perhaps be even more satisfying after its baby fat and superficial sweetness tone down a bit. eRobertParker.com , # 185 Oct 2009, David Schildknecht
Scents of orange blossom and heliotrope waft from the glass of Muller-Catoir 2007 Haardter Burgergarten Riesling Spatlese, leading to a palate impression akin to sucking on a vanilla-tinged, honey-drenched orange creamsicle. Yet for all of its confectionary aspects and creaminess of texture, this pure, polished wine harbors offsetting refreshment and savory, saline mineral suggestions. Hints of black tea, mint, and licorice add to the allure of a finish with lift, delicacy, and memorably soothing length. There is more than a little Mosel-like here, which one could understandably see as an extension of Franzen's heritage. This should be worth revisiting over the course of two decades. eRobertParker.com , # 185 Oct 2009, David Schildknecht
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