2013 Selbach, Riesling, Piesporter Michelsberg, Kabinett, Mosel Germany.
Johannes Selbach’s best value would almost certainly go to his Selbach Kabinett Piesporter Michelsberg, from his negociant line of offerings, a semi sweet (off dry) Riesling, this wine is of stunning quality and remarkably easy on the wallet, it really is hard to imagine a better Mosel for the money. Selbach has access to some of the best vines in the region and this Piesporter shows that class, vitality and terroir with mineral laced flavors, juicy fruit and just the right amount of sweetness to fill out the palate, but not sticky or cloying, in fact it is best to not even worry about sugar levels from Selbach as they always deliver balance, drive and focus, making for wines that shine intensely and show restraint, vibrancy and elegance. The Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett delivers lime blossom, sea breeze and verbena along with pineapple, white peach, green apple, apricot and a touch of honey with a little brine, earth and a mix of steel and stone. Finishing creamy but zesty with lingering tangerine and sweet herbs, drink from 2014 to 2018, this is super quaffing quality Riesling to enjoy now, fun, easy and fresh, a great by the glass or bistro wine, and for more serious stuff check out all the Selbach-Oster offerings, some of the finest of the Mosel.
($16 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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