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SELBACH OSTER Riesling  Zeltinger "Himmelreich" Kabinett  Halbtrocken, Mosel 2016

Retail Price: $28

Value Rating: 3.2

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: March 13, 2018
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Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 89

Very Good Value

I tasted this wine amongst a hundred different wines of every type within 2 hours, so my notes are limited. I scribbled down one word: perfect. Not a perfect wine per se, but is perfect for what it is. And that is, fruit galore (lemon-apple-peach-kiwi), high acidity, a little residual sugar to balance the tangy, and on the finish that long “taste of the land” you invariably get from steep hillside Mosel Valley Riesling.

One thing you can count on life is that a bottle of Selbach Oster Riesling will be very good! Current caretaker/winegrower Johannes Selbach is a hands-off winemaker who pays meticulous attention to his vineyards. “Grow perfect fruit and it will make itself,” is something he would say (maybe he did once). Fermentation starts naturally, and is allowed to ferment as fast, slow and complete as the wine determines. Give me a mixed case of Selbach Oster Rieslings for Christmas and I’ll be your friend forever. 

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