2017 Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1425304 93 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Juffer Kabinett is also outstanding this year, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of white cherry, lime, a touch of petrol, a fine base of slate, a touch of violet, wild yeasts and just a whisper of the mossiness of Brauneberg on top. On the palate the wine is medium-full, minerality and succulent on the attack, with bright acids, impeccable focus and balance, very good grip and a long, complex and lovely finish. This is not quite as filigreed as the Helden Kabinett this year- that is the nature of the Juffer vineyard, but the wine is a beautiful Kabinett in its own right and offers great drinking already and plenty of potential for aging. (Drink between 2018-2050)  (5/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett is seriously mineral and yeasty on the bright and well-concentrated nose. On the palate, this is a lush, elegant and well-balanced Juffer Kabinett, but for my taste, it's slightly too sweet. It features frisky acidity and a bright, stimulating character with a pretty complex and expressive finish. Very promising and doubtlessly excellent. (SR)  (6/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A beautifully built kabinett, with a silky texture and interesting minerally drive underscoring the flavors of apricot and guava, while vibrant acidity gives this fuel. Notes of cardamom accent the long finish. Drink now through 2029. (AZ)  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 08 18. The 2017er Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett proves smoky and comparatively closed and still marked by residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation at first. It then opens up to reveal rich notes of almond cream, apricot blossom, vanilla, yellow peach, candied grapefruit and citrus. The wine develops the presence, breadth and depth of a Spätlese on the palate as the high level of dry extracts gives a compact structure to the wine. The finish proves however superb as creamy fruits are beautifully lifted up by some zesty acidity. 2025-2037."

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.