Selbach-Oster Riesling Spatlese 2011


SKU 717215003442


Because the wine is labeled as Spätlese, it legaly must reach a minimum of 76 degrees Oechsle. In this case, the wine was harvested at 88 degrees and could have been legally designated an Auslese, but Selbach preferred to have it as a Spätlese. The results are some of the deepest of all Mosel wines. They refuse to be merely aesthetic. They strive for (and often attain) a sine qua non of Mosel-ness. They take you through the gift-wrapping of mere flavor and they show you something you may not know how to see.
Category White Wine
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Brand Selbach-Oster
Alcohol/vol 8.5%
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Wine AdvocateThis year's generic Selbach-Oster 2011 Riesling Spatlese - featuring fruit from both Zeltinger and Graacher Himmelreich - is brimming with juicy, refreshing apple supported by judicious residual sugar, yet also displays a subtle sense of creaminess, as well as quince paste notes making the lingering finish stand out for its sense of high ripeness. The simple pleasures of this Spatlese ought not be spurned over the course of a decade.

David Schildknecht, April 2013