2011KnebelVDT2011 Weingut Knebel, Riesling “Von Den Terrassen” Mosel, Germany.
Mattias Knebel is a young German producer in the Mosel and new to me, but I’ll be following his wines from now on, his 2011’s are really fetching wines, especially this brilliant 2011 Von den Terrassen from steep terraced vines looking down on the river. His Kabinett and Trocken QbA wines were very nice too, but this wine stands out for it’s vivid terroir driven flavors, intensity and mineral spice qualities. The nose is subtle with light flint, wet stone and lime flower leading to a vibrant palate of lime, apricot, white peach, tangerine and ginger with slate infused mineral smoke, chalky saline essence and white tea. Good levels of extract and heightened acidity make for a exciting dry Riesling that shows the talent of this promising winemaker and makes for a wine that has strong aging potential, this is a winner.
($24 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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