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Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Saarburg Riesling Kabinett 2019

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750ML / 8.5% ABV
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4.4 23 Ratings
750ML / 8.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Produced with early harvested fruit from estate vines in the town of Saarburg, this village-level Riesling Kabinett exhibits the ethereal delicacy that is a hallmark of the Zilliken estate.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 93
James Suckling

A wonderful Kabinett for this very moment! Floral and ripe-pear nose, then a juicy yet very clean palate with spot-on balance at the long, citrusy finish that feels feather-light. Drink now.

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

A crush of earth and salty minerals introduces this luminous, almost crystalline sip. Just a hint off dry, it offers piercing, sun-drenched flavors of white peach and honeydew against a spinetingling backbone of lime and lemon. Effortless and thirst quenching, it’s an irresistible wine in youth but structured enough to hold beautifully through 2030 at least.

TP 93
Tasting Panel

 Fresh yet rich, with lively acidity and lots of charm

RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Saarburg Riesling Kabinett is bright, refined and crystalline on the nose. On the palate, this is a light and filigreed yet juicy, refined and salty Kabinett with a delicious finish with grip and just the perfect amount of residual sugar. Highly stimulating.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2019 Zilliken Saarburg Kabinett Riesling is an excellent wine that shows fine, balance, and persistent. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers attractive green apple and light floral aromas and flavors. Pair it with a lightly-dressed crab salad. (Tasted: August 22, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
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Weingut Zilliken is one of the leading wine estates of the Saar region in Germany. Renowned for the steely precision of their Rieslings grown in the very cool climate and slate soils of the area, the Zilliken estate built its reputation with intense, yet delicate and nearly weightless Rieslings that “float like a butterfly.”

The Zilliken family seeks to carefully preserve the potential that the wine carries within itself. For them, wine is created on the vine; you cannot add anything in the cellar. So their greatest effort is in the vineyards, where meticulous attention to detail leads to healthy fruit and optimal ripeness for each style of wine. Their approach in the cellar is traditional and simple, with fermentation, clarification and maturation all happening naturally in old Fuder casks.

“Our goal is to produce Rieslings with the highest level of finesse and lightness,” says Dorothee Zilliken. The result of the family’s dedication is graceful wines of crystalline purity that express the rocky soils and cool climate with concentration, intensity and length.

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Following the Mosel River as it slithers and weaves dramatically through the Eifel Mountains in Germany’s far west, the Mosel wine region is considered by many as the source of the world’s finest and longest-lived Rieslings.

Mosel’s unique and unsurpassed combination of geography, geology and climate all combine together to make this true. Many of the Mosel’s best vineyard sites are on the steep south or southwest facing slopes, where vines receive up to ten times more sunlight, a very desirable condition in this cold climate region. Given how many twists and turns the Mosel River makes, it is not had to find a vineyard with this exposure. In fact, the Mosel’s breathtakingly steep slopes of rocky, slate-based soils straddle the riverbanks along its entire length. These rocky slate soils, as well as the river, retain and reflect heat back to the vineyards, a phenomenon that aids in the complete ripening of its grapes.

Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically on the desirable sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type and altitude. The best Mosel Rieslings—dry or sweet—express marked acidity, low alcohol, great purity and intensity with aromas and flavors of wet slate, citrus and stone fruit. With age, the wine’s color will become more golden and pleasing aromas of honey, dried apricot and sometimes petrol develop.

Other varieties planted in the Mosel include Müller-Thurgau, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), all performing quite well here.

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Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

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