2017 Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese Feinherb Alte Reben

SKU #1419943 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben has a bright citrus color and offers a clear, intense and very elegant nose with fine slate and herbal aromas that are perfectly intertwined with highly elegant Riesling notes. This is a pretty bright and charming Domprobst that is often rather dark, coolish, flintier and not that delicate. The palate is lush, round and sweet but also fresh and mineral, with tension, piquancy and a lovely salty pull. A gorgeous Domprobst with 11.5% alcohol and 21 or 22 grams of hidden residual sugar. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 31 18. The 2017er Domprobst Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben is made from clean fruit harvested in a parcel still planted with very old un-grafted vines trained on single pole, and was fermented down to 22 g/l of residual sugar. Slightly reductive at first, this only gradually opens up to reveal complex notes of smoke, spices, yellow peach, apple, candied grapefruit and citrus. The wine shows its best side currently on the palate, where some deep concentration is whipped up by a playful zesty and complex acidity. The after-taste is full of spices, lime and smoke. This impressive off-dry Riesling only needs a couple of years to fully shine. 2022-2032." (10/2018)

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