Riesling Kabinett Piesporter Goldtropfchen Erste Lage Reinhold Haart 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"For the second vintage running – and despite the high overall must weights and low yields this year – the Haarts have bottled two different Goldtropfchen Kabinetts with closely similar analyses, of which the 2009 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett A.P. #10 – despite having been bottled just days before I tasted it – is the more interesting A rhubarb-like tartness along with bittersweet pungency of pink grapefruit zest and huckleberry engage in a tense but static electric standoff with the wine’s residual sugar, and a suffusion of crushed stone as well as the wine’s sheer underlying density put one in mind – however metaphorically – of the steep slate slopes on which this Riesling grew. Look for a good 15 years of delicious fascination here. The wine will be put on the market at some point soon after the A.P. #8 sells out...90" WA 12/10

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Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt:
For years, Annegret and Gerhard Gartner have created a nearly perfect harmony between their personal and professional lives – something only a few married couples succeed in doing. Not only are they inseparable from one another, but also from their work. It comes as no surprise – nearly everything revolves around food and wine. The wines are uncompromisingly and consistently subject to the hig... Read more
For years, Annegret and Gerhard Gartner have created a nearly perfect harmony between their personal and professional lives – something only a few married couples succeed in doing. Not only are they inseparable from one another, but also from their work. It comes as no surprise – nearly everything revolves around food and wine. The wines are uncompromisingly and consistently subject to the highest quality standards. This commitment has earned the estate recognition and respect, and has been confirmed by many prizes and awards by leadinging publications, such as the German gourmet magazine Feinschmecker, the critical wine guide Gault Millau, and the American wine magazine Wine Spectator (including vintner of the year) – to name but a few. Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is more than 650 years old and thus, one of the most historical estates in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. In 1978, the Günther Reh family acquired the estate from the Reichsgrafen (imperial counts) of Kesselstatt. Today, Annegret Reh-Gartner and her husband Gerhard Gartner carry on this Riesling tradition. In 1999, headquarters moved from Palais Keselstatt in Trier to Schloss Marienlay in the Ruwer Valley. Here, optimal conditions were created for producing Riesling wines that are on a par with the finest wines of the world. No other wine estate in Germany has such an unusually broad spectrum of top vineyards in all three river valleys of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. They are sites that number among the best white wine vineyards of the world. The estate owns 36 hectares (89 acres) of vines, all of which are on steep slopes. All work in the vineyards is exclusively done by hand. The estate’s guiding principle: the quality of the terroir should be reflected in a wine. Read less
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"For the second vintage running – and despite the high overall must weights and low yields this year – the Haarts have bottled two different Goldtropfchen Kabinetts with closely similar analyses, of which the 2009 Piesporter Goldtropchen Riesling Kabinett A.P. #10 – despite having been bottled just days before I tasted it – is the more interesting A rhubarb-like tartness along with bittersweet pungency of pink grapefruit zest and huckleberry engage in a tense but static electric standoff with the wine’s residual sugar, and a suffusion of crushed stone as well as the wine’s sheer underlying density put one in mind – however metaphorically – of the steep slate slopes on which this Riesling grew. Look for a good 15 years of delicious fascination here. The wine will be put on the market at some point soon after the A.P. #8 sells out...90" WA 12/10

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