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Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese 2009

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The Selbach-Oster Spatlese is creamy-textured and light to medium-bodied. Feminine and graceful it seduces the taster with its lush pear and apple-flavored character. Anticipated maturity now-2014.

Region: Germany » Mosel » Saar
Winery: Selbach-Oster  
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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Selbach-Oster:
At Weingut Selbach-Oster we can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1660. We grow Riesling on 20 hectares (50 acres, as per harvest 2007) of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face the Mosel River . The Selbach-Oster vineyards are located on some of the best vineyard land in the heart of the Mosel wine country called “ Mittelmosel”: Zeltingen (with Sonnenuhr, ... Read more
At Weingut Selbach-Oster we can trace wine-growing in the family back to the year 1660. We grow Riesling on 20 hectares (50 acres, as per harvest 2007) of steep, south facing mountain slopes that face the Mosel River . The Selbach-Oster vineyards are located on some of the best vineyard land in the heart of the Mosel wine country called “ Mittelmosel”: Zeltingen (with Sonnenuhr, Schlossberg and Himmelreich), Wehlen (with Sonnenuhr), Graacher (with Domprobst and Himmelreich) and Bernkastel (with Badstube). With 55% proportion we still use the traditional “Fuder “ barrel made from German oak (This is old oak since we do not want woody flavours to mask the purity of fruit and soil flavour. A “Fuder” holds 1000 litres). The balance in our cellars is stainless steel and a little bit of fi-berglass tanks with a maximum size of 3000 litres per unit, ensuring low temperatures dur-ing fermentation and with it the preservation of freshness and delicacy of aroma. More than 50 % of Selbach-Oster vineyards are still planted with very old, ungrafted vines, yielding very concentrated fruit from small berries. Weingut Selbach-Oster is ranked by the German press as one of the best three dozen produc-ers in all of Germany and amongst the top ten in the Mosel. In the international press, Sel-bach-Oster is rated correspondingly high (Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Wine Spectator) and regularly ranks amongst the top two dozen German estates. Read less

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01/14/2012

By far my favorite wine of all times.


External Reviews for Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2004 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese A.P. #18 smells alluringly of white peach, lily, and vanilla and offers a creamy, nutty, enveloping palate of ripe white peach, vanilla, juicy lime and pink grapefruit, citrus, and liquid stone. This is one of those periodic Selbach wines that sets the record straight: this neighbor to the better-known Wehlener Sonnenuhr is a great vineyard in its own right and capable, as in this instance, of delivering intricate interplay of fruit and mineral, gravity defying weightlessness with fullness, and superb ageability. The elegant, laid-back, and effortlessly long finish reprises flowers, vanilla, pit fruits, citrus, and slate, along with low toned nut oils, honey, and herbs. If the finishing impression is still somehow restrained, thatrsquo;s simply an accurate reflection of the fact that this fascinating and gorgeous wine mdash; which needless to say represents an extraordinary value mdash; will only become more so over the next two decades.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Not much aroma here, but the flavors express lemon, orange and vanilla matched to a creamy structure. Itrsquo;s well-balanced and long, with a tangy finish. Best from 2007 through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The generic Selbach-Oster 2009 Riesling Spatlese - from Zeltinger Himmelreich plus a bit of Kinheimer Hubertuslay - offers simple but luscious apple and pear fruit, with a saline streak that makes for an invigorating and lip-smacking finish. Give such impeccable balance - at 9% alcohol and with only a modest, adeptly-integrated residual sweetness - I would expect it to remain delightful for 12-15 years, and it might well pick up some complexity in the process as well.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
09/30/2010

On the dry side, medium body with aromas of peach, pineapple, spice and minerals. Elegant and lightweight, yet very seductive and balanced with intense flavors that build through a long finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Subtle bouquet of peach stone, cinnamon and lemon zest. Apricot fruit remains light and elegant on the palate, with refreshing acidity providing definition and lift. Mineral salts accent the pleasingly refreshing finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The generic Selbach-Oster 2009 Riesling Spatlese andmdash; from Zeltinger Himmelreich plus a bit of Kinheimer Hubertuslay andmdash; offers simple but luscious apple and pear fruit, with a saline streak that makes for an invigorating and lip-smacking finish. Give such impeccable balance andmdash; at 9% alcohol and with only a modest, adeptly-integrated residual sweetness andmdash; I would expect it to remain delightful for 12andndash;15 years, and it might well pick up some complexity in the process as well.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This is on the drier side, its lively acidity framing flavors of citrus and grapefruit pith. It is unusually subtle and elegant, its fruit both juicy and reserved.


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The Selbach-Oster Spatlese is creamy-textured and light to medium-bodied. Feminine and graceful it seduces the taster with its lush pear and apple-flavored character. Anticipated maturity now-2014.

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