2011 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett #3

Year: 2011
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 92
Vinous Media: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
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"Powerfully crisp, with fresh and juicy lemon cake, green apple and citrus flavors. Hints of sage show on the snappy finish, which features plenty of mineral notes. Drink now through 2024. 125 cases imported. " (WS)

"($27) Peach pit and acacia blossom on the nose. Subtle raspberry fruit on the palate, framed by an herbal mineral edge. Pronounced slate on the crisp finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Now spicier, with more exotic fruit especially soursop but still with a nut-husk core and salty walnut-oil savor; the wine both crescendos and sheds superfluous notes as it does so, becoming a Cirque du Soleil of slate on the finish. (TT)

For many tasters, these are the Ne Plus Ultra of Mosel wine, and they have attracted an almost religious following. Thus my most frustrating agency, as there is never enough wine. It is hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that makes these wines so precious. There is a candor about them that is quite disarming. They are polished too, but not brashly so. They are careful to delineate their vineyard characteristics, and they offer fruit of sublime purity. They are utterly soaring in flavor yet not without weight. What many of you seem to have warmed to is their clarity, precision and beauty of fruit, so maybe I’ll leave it at that! 2000 was the fine vintage of a humble vintner. Willi knew if he harvested as selectively as looked necessary, he wouldn’t get much wine and he might not get glamor-wine, but he’d get quintessential SCHAEFER wine. The new vintage recalls 1991, and have you opened any of those little gems lately?