2005 Reinhard & Beate Knebel Winninger Röttgen Spätlese Alte Reben

SKU #1127232 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It’s hard to believe that there is a separate bottling of 2005 Winninger Rottgen Riesling Spatlese Alte Reben. This reintroduces the sort of smoky, site-specific intensity that accrued to this year’s dry Rottgen Spatlese, along with over-ripe peach and pear, musk melon, marzipan, heady florals, and brown spices. The creamy richness and pure palate intensity of the 'regular' Rottgen Spatlese are here wreathed in sweet flowers, leading to a finish of stunning richness and length -- almost gaudy, definitely profound -- featuring vanilla, nut oils, floral nectar and peach and pear preserves. One of the Spatlesen of the vintage, this also represents a sensational value. (DS)  (2/2007)


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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2019 | Send Email
I can vouch that this might be the Spatlese of the vintage. The old vine extract and weightless, almost searing acidity here is really something to behold. A very rarefied wine from the Terrassen (lower) Mosel and a producer that more people should know.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer