2016 Reinhold Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Spatlese Mosel

SKU #1412481 94 points James Suckling

 Almost baroque in its lushness (everything from ripe banana, apricot and cassis), but there's also a firm acidity behind all the extravagance that makes the finish breathtakingly fresh. A powerful wine that is begging for you to pair it with shrimp and chili. The acidity finish is like whiplash.  (7/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Ohligsberger Spätlese is very intense and fruity on the nose, provided with ripe Riesling and wet slate flavors. Round, lush and mouthfilling, this is a beautifully fine, slatey and enormously stimulating Spätlese that delivers great drinking pleasure. This is terribly pure, vital and slatey—a picture-book Spätlese from the Mosel. Tasted March 2016. (SR)  (4/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bracing lime acidity and earthen notes of crushed stone and salt mark this complex spätlese. Bracing white grapefruit and lemon flavors abound on the palate, softened by a honeyed sweetness and hint of caramelized sugar on the finish. This taut racy wine that should improve through 2030, hold further. (AI)  (8/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Kiwi, peach and grapefruit combine for a lusciously fruit-dominated performance. While this displays neither the textural richness nor the brightness and invigoration of its Goldtröpfchen counterpart, it exhibits impeccably balanced sweetness and a soothingly sustained, subtly smoke-tinged finish. (DS)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 42 17. The 2016er Ohligsberg Spätlese delivers a beautifully elegant nose of yellow peach, tangerine, pear and a touch of melon. The wine is gorgeously playful on the palate as the acidity is nicely blending into the juicy fruits. The finish is stunningly elegant and refined and leaves a great spicy and intense feel in the after-taste. 2026-2046." (07/2017)

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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.