2011 Weingut Selbach-Oster, Riesling Rotlay “Zeltinger Sonnenuhr” Mosel, Germany.
This rich and intense Riesling is one of the best of vintage and should age majestically for decades with it’s sublime balance of weight and acidity, bravo to Johannes Selbach on this masterpiece from his select block collection of wines. The 2011 Rotlay has an Auslese like texture and feel in the mouth, but with less sweetness, more Spatlese level if you can relate and the depth and length are already amazing in this very young wine that comes off very carefully chosen vines in the famous Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyard that Selbach feels gives the most interesting terroir characteristics and flavors. The nose is decadent with white flowers, citrus and smoky sweet mineral leading to a exotic palate of green apple, lychee, apricot, lime, tropical essences, white currant and salted honey with a touch of flinty brine, while vivid acidity pumps tension and vigor throughout. This Riesling oozes class and refinement making for a glorious wine and a must have for Riesling freaks, of which I am a card carrying member, especially after tasting this magical treasure from the Mosel.
($55 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive

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