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Egon Muller Sharzhofberger Kabinett Riesling 2011

Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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Winemaker Notes

Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous vineyard sites in Germany, likely to have originally been planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, removed from the Saar in a side valley and facing south, its slopes are quite steep, with a 30–60% grade, and high, at 180-280 meters elevation. Formed from grey Devonian slate, the soils are very deep with no bedrock. This wine is always delicate, crisp and exquisite on the palate.

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Apple blossom, nut oil and sweet herbs on the nose. Supple apricot pit flavor on the palate, with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. The elegant finish shows persistent slatey minerality. This sumptuous kabinett is one of the finest of the vintage.

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Egon Muller, , Germany
Egon Muller
The Egon Muller Saar wines are entirely estate-grown and come from two domains, either his original, 200 year old 21-acre property at Scharzhof (founded in 1797) or the 10-acre Le Gallais vineyard in Wiltingen partially acquired in 1954. The Scharzhofberg vineyard is the equivalent of a Cote d'Or grand cru and considered by many German wine authorities to be one of Europe's finest white wine sites. It is entitled to be labelled with the Einzellage (vineyard) name alone rather than being identified by a village prefix. The 17.5 acre Egon Muller holding includes 7.5 acres of ungrafted Riesling vines from the last century. Yields are very low; 60 hl/ha (3.4 tons/acre) is considered ideal but it has not been reached since 1992.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

SWS323776_2011 Item# 119481

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