2017 Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1400801 95 points James Suckling

 Slightly funky from the wild ferment but very succulent and racy. Crystalline purity at the super elegant finish, which shows great herbal and mineral complexity. Drink or hold.  (6/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fruit and steel collide in this spine-tingling spätlese. It’s a tantalizing medium-sweet wine offering concentrated white-grapefruit and pineapple flavors, dusted by crushed slate and caramelized sugar. The finish is long and lean, marked by tangs of cool steel and acid. Delightful now but will improve well through 2030. (AI)  (3/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Supple, with a vibrant structure behind the nectarine, green tea and lemon curd notes. A touch of creaminess emerges midpalate as this shows a range of aromas and flavors. The terrific, complex finish invites you for another sip. Drink now through 2032.  (5/2019)

91-93 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Herrenberg Spätlese AP #18 is a nicely understated example of the vintage, but it too seems just a bit easy-going structurally at the present time. The bouquet is youthful and still nicely reductive, eventually blossoming to show notes of pear, white cherry, bee pollen, a bit of mossiness, salty slate and a nice touch of wild yeasts in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and transparent, with impeccable focus and length, gentle framing acids and a long, suave finish. If more cut and grip emerge here with further distance from the bottling, then this will be terrific. If not, then it will still be a very good bottle, but without the same exhilaration as is found in the Auction Kabinett from the Abtsberg. (Drink between 2020-2050) 91-93?  (5/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Complex fumy herbal aroma. Spicy ripe lemon veering to orange and apricot. Intense. On the palate, sweet and yet lemon-crisp on the finish. Cool, clear and poised. *Good Value* 17/20 points. (JH)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points, Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 18 18. The 2017er Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Spätlese was harvested at refreshing moderate sugar levels (85-87° Oechsle). It offers a rather reductive nose of melon, herbs and fine spices. The wine proves delicately creamy on the palate, where ripe lemon is pepped up by grapefruit zest as well as herbs and fine spices. The finish is delicately creamy yet also focused and precise. 2027-2042." (06/2018)

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- 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.


- 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.