2010 Monchhof (Robert Eymael) Mosel Slate Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2010
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 87
White Wine
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"Rich and well-concentrated, with a firm core of acidity behind the ripe apricot, peach and white cherry flavors that are flanked by effusive puff pastry notes. Steely finish. Drink now through 2032. 3,000 cases imported." (WS)

"Sassafras candy, liqueur-like herbal concentrate, and watermelon mark the effusively ripe aromatics and (for this vintage) surprisingly lushly-textured Eymael 2010 Riesling Spatlese Mosel Slate. As usual for this bottling sourced from Erdener Treppchen, the sweetness is unabashed, but not overdone. Persistent if not especially dynamic or complex, it ought to be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.

Robert Eymael seemed highly satisfied with his 2010 collection; though I perceived the quality as in a holding pattern vis-a-vis what had seemed to be steadily enhanced quality at this address the last several years. De-acidification was largely in must and via double-salt treatment." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Founded in 1177 by monks,the Mönchhof(monk’s house)was acquired by the Eymael family in 1804 from Napoleon. Today, Robert Eymael leads the estate recognized for its high quality from the entry level Estate Riesling to the finest single vineyard wines.

Tasting Note:
Delicious. The moderate sweetness and intense apricot, mango, pineapple and lime notes are punctuated by a racy structure. Vanilla cream and mineral flavors add complexity, and it’s all precisely balanced and long.

Food Affinity:
Rich food with sweetness and or spiciness in the preparation (i.e. pork tenderloin with caramelized onions reduction, raspberry and blue cheese), spicy Asian dishes and hard cheeses.