Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2008
Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 8.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Elegant tones of peach and some tropical fruit. Very refined, well structured, mineral acidity combined with an elegant fruitiness and an endless finish. Marked by the intensive spice of the wild yeast, powerful characteristic of the slate soil. Great pleasure to drink right away and great potential to age for 20 years and more.
"Graceful, elegant and finely drawn, this captures the verve and refinement of the vintage. Right now, it's still wrapped up in some post-fermentation yeastiness, but the balance and slate expression are beautiful, and it promises to develop superbly in the cellar."
Wine & Spirits
"Fusil, herbal, gooseberry, apple, and yeasty fermentative notes rise from the glass of 2008 Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett A.P. #27, which brims with tart apple and berry as well as ripe honeydew melon fruit on a palate of memorable generosity, lift, clarity, and refreshing persistence. Hints of cinnamon, ginger, nut oils, and crushed stone add considerable allure and complex counterpoint to the long finish of this 8% alcohol Riesling that should be worth following for 12-15 years, just as were Grunhaus Kabinetts from the 1980s and early 1990s. An A.P.#5 Herrenberg Kabinett – while clear in the nose – displayed an odd milkiness and diffusion on the palate which may have been a function of the wine’s spontaneous fermentation. "
The Wine Advocate
"There's a lot going on here, with petroleum, musk, orange flower and clove scents on the nose while the palate is as light as a feather, with mouthwatering acidity and a zippy, cinnamon-infused finish. Drink now or hold several years for more complexity."
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First documented in 966 A.D. the von Schubert estate is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best. They are sole owners (Monopole) of the 3 vineyards (Abtsberg, Bruderberg and Herrenberg) that the estates wines are coming from. Since 1982, Dr. Carl von Schubert manages the estate according to the motto: "As much handling as necessary, but as little as possible", putting him and his wines worldwide in the top class.
Learn About Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr)
The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...
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The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow
and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling
is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this
variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity.
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