Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Kabinett Graacher Himmelreich 2009
The Graach vineyards are geographically part of the great, six kilomters long slate mountain above the right bank of the river, reaching form Bernkastel, via Graach and Wehlen down to Zeltingen and incorporating such world-famous Riesling sites as: Berncasteler Doctor and Badstube, Graacher Dompropst and Himmelreich, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Schloßberg. The vineyards of Graach have a total of 135 hectares and are planted nearly 100% with Riesling vines. The Graacher Himmelreich and Dompropst themselves cover 87 and 28,5 hectares respectively. The exposition is facing south-west and the soil consists of fresh weathering clay-slate. The property of Max Ferd. Richter in both vineyards dates from the beginning of the 19th. Century. The wines form Graach always show a full bodied and well structured character.
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It comes from a high-elevation vineyard closer in microclimate to neighboring Bernkastel than is the rest of the Himmelreich. Grapefruit and black currant aromas and juicy fruit flavors. Very clear and refreshing, with its eight grams of acid among the highest of the wines here today. Manages poise, delicacy and lift despite carrying significantly more alcohol that would be the Richter Kabinett norm.
A 2005 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett smells and tastes of black currant, cherry, and lemon, is fine, bright, and invigorating on the palate, and manages that special 2005 trick of evincing substantial richness and sheer extract while being light to the touch and uplifting in the finish. There is admirable purity of fruit on display here along with salt and wet stone manifestations of the Mosel.
Pale yellow. Bright aromas of peach, pine nut and lemon oil. Elegant apple fruit kept light by good balancing acidity. Easy to drink.
A cheesy, yeasty "Mosel stink" on the nose of Richter's 2009 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett did not entirely blow off during the time I could devote to it, but the rest of the scents and flavors that emerged were virtuous: bright lemon; pungent spice; and suggestions of salt and stone, all in a buoyant and ultimately highly refreshing context. A return visit will hopefully find the nose cleared up here, and I suspect the wine has at least 12-15 year potential. The plot in question - for more about whose peculiarities, consult other reports I have written on Richter's wines - has an excellent track record in his hands.
This starts with aromatic floral notes, but doesn't carry through on the palate. It tastes dilute, with modest fruit and a short finish. Drink now through 2006.
The 2003 Graacher Himmelreich ("The Kingdom of Heaven") is full-bodied for a Kabinett, with fresh, lovely flavors of peach and apricot. A classic wine that can be sipped on its own or with a light entrée.
Exotic aromas of passion fruit and red berries segue into lime and mineral on the palate in this intense, racy Riesling. It has the live-wire structure of a Saar or Ruwer wine. Drink now through 2007. Highest rated Mosel Kabinett.