2009 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
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"A rich, smoky style, with plenty of creamy notes to the tangerine, apricot and ripe pineapple flavors. The crisp finish echoes with glazed citrus and lime. Drink now through 2030." (WS)

"The von Hovel 2009 Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese brims with ripe apple, honeydew, and cherry accented by crushed stone, chewy apple skin. Delicate to the point of near-weightlessness, it finishes refreshingly if with a bit of extraneous sweetness and slight lack of conviction. While delicious, I envision this lagging behind its Kabinett counterpart and being best enjoyed over the next 6-8 years.

A dreadful health crisis from which he is thankfully now slowly recovering put proprietor Eberhard von Kunow entirely out of commission at critical junctures in the evolution of his 2009 crop, one result of which was a collection abbreviated at the upper end of Oechsle." (WA)

"(($30) Pale golden yellow. Delicate aromas of pear, honeysuckle and sweet spices. Ripe papaya fruit displays a refined texture and is complicated by elegant minerality. Well-balanced but also animated on the lingering finish" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The history of the estate goes back to the 12th century, when Monks constructed the property and cellar. The von Kunow family acquired the estate from Napoleon in 1806. Today, Eberhard von Kunow, the 6th generation of the family, runs the winery with his son Maximilian, who has just finished his education in oenology.

Tasting note:
Always an excellent value, and this year is no exception. The wine has pear aromas, followed by a round mouth with good acidity to support the raspberry flavors, and pineapple on the finish.

Food affinity:
Great to enjoy on its own, but also great with salads and spicy dishes including fusion cuisine.