2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2017
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
James Suckling: 95
Mosel Fine Wines: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"Amazingly concentrated for a Kabinett, but it is also cool and finely nuanced with an entire spectrum of fruit and herbal notes. Hints of smoke and flint, too. The crystalline clarity of the long finish is literally breathtaking. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2017er Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett proves still somewhat backward and only gradually reveals shy notes of smoke, white flowers, anise, yellow peach and grapefruit, all wrapped into a hint of herbs. The wine is quite intense yet playful on the palate as beautifully zesty and ripe acidity mingles with juicy yellow fruits. Despite the intensity, this Kabinett remains superbly light and develops some stunningly complex mineral and zesty fruity flavors in the finish. This is a brilliant Kabinett in the making. 2025-2037 (FWR)

Winery Notes:
The vineyard name of Himmelreich might come from the site’s exposure. Graacher Himmelreich surrounds the site of Dompropst and is also classified as VDP.Grosse Lage. Himmelreich is well protected by wind and frost and has good heating from the slate soil for an even and full ripening of the grapes. The many water veins provide optimal care of the vines here.

Rieslings from Himmelreich mostly tend to be silky and charming, with a fine fruity acidity and minerality. The aroma is often characterized by citrus and yellow and white peaches

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