2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese ** (White Capsule)

Year: 2016
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 94
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"The 2016 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** (White Capsule) is a different style of Mosel Riesling compared to the other 2016 Auslesen. Fermented in different oak vats, from barrique size to 3,000-liter vats (including one big Stockinger vat that was new), this is clear, ripe and complex on the nose, with toasty as well as smoky-mineral notes framing the perfectly ripe and elegant stone fruit aromas. Full-bodied, round and complex, with gorgeous sweetness and mind-blowing silkiness and balance, this is a rich yet fine, elegant, highly complex and persistent Auslese from Markus's most important single vineyard. The 2016 is concentrated yet very clear and elegant, revealing very fine tannins and a very long, complex finish. It already drinks with great wonder, and this wine will even gain more complexity though it's already hard to resist." (WA)

"Another Molitor 2016 featuring heady florality, this is both musky and suggestively sweet on the nose, channeling peony, narcissus and lily. A creamy, expansive palate offers deep, undulating layering of apple and pear fruit, piquant, smoky nut oils and liquid floral perfume. This finishes with a sensational combination of sheer length and transparency to subtle complexity, offering persistent creaminess yet animating juiciness." (VM)