Grapelive: Wine of the Day January 21, 2017

2015SelbachPiesporter2015 Selbach, Riesling Kabinett, Piesporter Michelsberg, Mosel Germany.
This bistro style, light Kabinett from Johannes Selbach is a real solid value and a lovely drinking mineral/crisp Riesling of fine class and character. This label is the negociant label, instead of the estate label of Selbach-Oster, and while it is from contracted vineyard/wine it still has the clear focus and detail you’d expect from this great producer, and it shows plenty of vintage marking and terroir, this is very enjoyable, slightly off dry stuff, perfect for your mid-week low alcohol needs and great with cheeses, smoked meats and Asian foods, especially Chinese with a touch of spicy heat. This refreshing Riesling delivers crisp apple, white peach, subtle tropical notes along with lemon/lime, minty white tea, mango and steely liquid mineral. Golden pale in the glass the 2015 Selbach Piesporter Michelsberg is a light and vibrant wine, but has enough sweetness to feel creamy and decedent on the palate without being really sweet, it has enough stony elements, juicy acidity and tang to be well balanced, it’s a quilt free quaffer and with enough substance to impress. At 8.5% alcohol and with a delightful finish of tangerine, flinty spice and rosewater this is a perfect picnic wine and will be a great summer party wine, it drinks fun and lively now, so stock up, it doesn’t get much better for the price. The Selbach Piesporter Michelberg Kabinett Riesling is a perfect everyday wine and a great way to start your journey into Mosel Riesling if you’ve never had one and are curious, this is a classic style entry level Mosel, drink now through 2020.
($16 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive