2017 Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1425307 94 points John Gilman

 I have loved the examples of Wehlener Sonnenuhr that I have tasted from Schloss Lieser since Thomas Haag acquired a small slice in this great terroir, but this 2017 Kabinett may be the most pure and classic expression of this vineyard I have yet tasted from the estate. This magical Kabinett is utterly pure and refined, offering up a complex bouquet of apple, pear, vanilla bean, a touch of petrol, wild yeasts, a beautiful base of grey slate and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, medium-full, pure and precise, with lovely filigree, bright, zesty acids and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, dancing and complex finish. A brilliant example. (Drink between 2022-2050) 94+  (5/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is flinty and stony on the openhearted but serious and not overly fruity nose that reveals a fine mineral base. Lush and generous but fine and elegant on the mouth-filling palate, this is a well-structured, salty-mineral, piquant and complex Wehlener Sonnenuhr from younger vines. The finish is long and complex. This is an excellent sweet Kabinett with mouth-filling, lush fruit as well as finesse and elegant salinity. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 09 18. The 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett starts by revealing reductive notes of toffee and smoke. These only slowly give way to a nose driven by ripe fruits including apricot, quince and candied pineapple. The wine develops the presence and depth of a Spätlese on the palate, where ripe fruits and a creamy texture of almond and coconut underpin the sweetness at this early stage. The finish of this delicately exotic expression of a Spätlese is smooth and round but develops some airiness in the after-taste. 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 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.