Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

$25.99
Item No. 111242
  • white wine
  • RP92
  • WS90
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 9.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

A classic Riesling Kabinett showing the colors of a great vineyard. Medium-bodied, with notes of minerals, peaches and a touch of citrus. Very juicy, it's fruitiness harmoniously woven into layers of minerality and crisp acidity, finishing long and lively.

A great wine to accompany savory food and also to enjoy by itself. Low in alcohol (9%) but full of flavor, it is juicy and crisp at the same time and goes great with delicately seasoned flavorful food of all sorts.

Critical Acclaim

"The Selbach 2008 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett smells alluringly of Normandy cider, nut oils, green tea, and hedge flowers. Alkaline, wet stone, and saline mineral elements are all also adumbrated in the nose, then offer counterpoint to the richly ripe apple and white peach, flowers and herbs on a palate of creamy richness yet invigorating refreshment and levity. Here is the sort of improbably balanced Mosel Kabinett that is as delightfully fascinating to sip on its own as it is versatile at table, and that will prove as infectious fifteen or more years from now as it is today. What’s more, this remarkable value illustrates the opportunity that so many German wines – and virtually no others on earth – offer of exploring the complex virtues of a great vineyard site at a price most wine lovers can afford to pay most days of the week."
92 Points

"Accents of smoke and stone distinguish this apple- and floral-flavored Riesling, which lingers with mineral on the chalklike texture. Classy. Drink now through 2020. "
90 Points

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Rating:
(10/18/2011)
Style: Light & Crisp
Appearance: Clear wine, light straw yellow in color with little viscosity almost to sheeting on the glass. Nose: Green apple, peach, wet slate/minerality, and a waxiness almost like a box of crayons. Palate: Off dry with light body, apples, peaches, and minerality come through here as well. The acidity is there and refreshing, almost to the point that the wines seems like it has some bubbles to it. Very well balanced. Notes: This was a delicious bottle of wine. The initial attack of sweet green apples and peaches gave way to the minerality and acidity that smoothed out and covered you entire mouth on the mid-palate before transitioning to a decent finish. If you are not a white wine fan or have never had a German Riesling you won’t be disappointed by this bottle of wine. If you are a fan of the Mosel or Terry Theise imported wines already you most likely don’t need my recommendation to know that this is a bottle to try.
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Since 1661 our family has owned vineyards in the Mosel region. Our main treasure is simply what nature presents us with: excellent vineyard-sites, and old, ungrafted vines on steep, south-facing slopes planted on heat-retaining, mineral-rich, rocky slate soil. Our philosophy of winemaking is hands-on in the vineyards and hands-off in the cellar. Most of our wines are still...

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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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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) 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. Most popular in...

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