Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

"A smokehouse-like nose and saliva-inducing cured meat notes on the palate of Selbach-Oster’s 2010 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese join fresh apple and honeydew melon in a luscious and persistently satisfying display of Middle Mosel – if not to my antennae particularly site-specific – virtue. Both overt reductivity and a seemingly faintly lactic hint struck me as vaguely awkward when I first tasted this wine; but revisiting it recently stateside, the impression was harmoniously creamy. It’s amazing how little one notices the high acidity here ... though of course, concomitantly, neither is the sweetness in itself prominent, even if slickness of texture hints that it’s high. Rich nut oils more prominent on the occasion of my second acquaintance with this wine only reinforced the sense of umami-richness of a Riesling sure to leave your mouth watering anytime over the next 15-20 years, if not longer...92" WA #199 02/12

Region: Germany » Mosel » Schlossberg
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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External Reviews for Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/16/2013

Fresh citrus and pear fruit over a base of pure stone. Precise and balnced.



"A smokehouse-like nose and saliva-inducing cured meat notes on the palate of Selbach-Oster’s 2010 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese join fresh apple and honeydew melon in a luscious and persistently satisfying display of Middle Mosel – if not to my antennae particularly site-specific – virtue. Both overt reductivity and a seemingly faintly lactic hint struck me as vaguely awkward when I first tasted this wine; but revisiting it recently stateside, the impression was harmoniously creamy. It’s amazing how little one notices the high acidity here ... though of course, concomitantly, neither is the sweetness in itself prominent, even if slickness of texture hints that it’s high. Rich nut oils more prominent on the occasion of my second acquaintance with this wine only reinforced the sense of umami-richness of a Riesling sure to leave your mouth watering anytime over the next 15-20 years, if not longer...92" WA #199 02/12

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