- Weingut Selbach-Oster
- 2014 - 2040
- Case size
Wine Advocate, February 2012,
Picked out very late and over many parcels, the Selbach-Oster 2010 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese – tasted from tank – represents almost exclusively shriveled berries. Apricot preserves and lemon juice reminiscent of the corresponding Beerenauslese are here tinged with site-typical vanilla and savory nut paste and salted caramel. Where that B.A. bordered on disharmony, here we have knittedness promoted not only by palpable extract but by oily glycerin-richness and some sense of creaminess that nearly always accrues to great wine from the Sonnenuhr. As this opens, it offers a long litany of savory and mineral, nutty, fruity, and spicy nuances, lingering with slight stickiness of feel, yet by no means with excessive sheer sweetness; and a complex, umami-rich depth of flavor that retains a surprising modicum of sheer refreshment. This or similar uplifting experiences should be yours over the next 30-40 years should you be lucky enough both to score a few bottles and live long enough. Drink 2012-2052
The Mosel's terroir is exceptional, composed primarily of grey-blue and red slate that climb up totremendously steep cliffs - the steepest vineyards in the world to be exact. Due to the Middle Mosel's lack of soil paired with its incredibly good drainage, most of the vines are not graftedonto American rootstocks as phylloxera cannot survive. As a result, the vines grow exceptionally slowly creating wines that tend to be wonderfully pure, tender and focused.