2009 Ansgar Clusserath Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Advocate: 90
White Wine
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"Fusil and faintly fermentative notes shadow aromas of clover, honeysuckle, and apple on the nose of Eva Clusserath’s 2009 Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Kabinett. Delicately delicious, with a sprightly interplay of stony, saline, floral, and ripely fruity flavors informing a lip-smackingly irresistible finish, this excellent value ought to be well worth following for 15 or more years, and indeed will, I suspect, be more expressive in 3-5.

Eva Clusserath – for more about the recent and significant evolution of whose family estate consult in particular my report in issue 187 – adjudged the quality of her 2009 grapes “super” and did not pick the last of them until mid-November. No bottling took place until June, but several wines had only recently or not even finished fermenting by then and so were bottled at the end of the summer. (Unfortunately, Eva Clusserath forgot to bring a bottle of this year’s Auslese – picked out from various parcels in the Apotheke – to our tasting in Rheinhessen chez Clusserath & Wittmann; and as one thing led to another in the course of an extremely tight schedule, I was subsequently unable to connect-up with a bottle.)" (WA)

Winery Notes:
I warn you; we’re not gonna let you ignore this wine, because a finer Mosel Kabinett has seldom been made. A remarkable, masterly wine, expressive, drenched with terroir, beautifully balanced, with smoky char and herbal granny-smith tartness; spearmint, amazing mid-palate length and seductively juicy yet uncompromisingly, even obdurately slatey. Wow

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