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Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *** Goldkapsel 2013

Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *** Goldkapsel 2013
100 PP
159,00 € each (inkl. 19% MWSt)
(entspricht 212,00 € pro l)
Bottle Content: 0.75 l
Brand: Markus MolitorMarkus Molitor

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *** Goldkapsel 2013

Markus Molitor

Mosel, Deutschland

Wine Advocate #217   (Reinhardt/Parker)


The 2013 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese *** (Golden Capsule) has such a pale citrus color with a greenish hue as well as a pure, precise, fresh and cool, flinty, lime bouquet that you won't imagine it could be an Auslese. It is one of the finest and purest Ausleses I have ever tasted here. From the small Kranklay parcel located directly on Mosel river and adjacent to the famous Erdener Prälat and from vines which are partly old whereas the very olds are un-grafted, Markus selected this eternal beauty with its fascinatingly precise, laser-sharp lime and rock perfume quite late. "But even then there was almost no botrytis," he says adding that "the berries's skins just had a cut through which they were concentrated." Despite its high degree of concentration and sweetness, the ***-Auslese is superbly delicate and elegant on the palate, displaying fine raisin flavors mixed with the piquancy of the volcanic soils and a breathtakingly fine acidity. Grapefruit, pineapples and lemon aromas are present, along with extremely subtle honey flavors. This transparent and divinely balanced Auslese is lovely, juicy and always piquant and the acidity could hardly be finer. I can hardly find a good reason not to score this memorable wine 100, except its youth. This is surely a breathtaking Wunderwerk of precision.

As always, Markus Molitor's collection of 2013s is a tour de force. Including his Pinot Noirs and Pinot Blancs, I had to taste 39 wines, although neither the six TBAs nor the BA from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr had finished fermentation by mid-December last year. Due to the horrible weather conditions during the harvest in 2013, Molitor and his 60 brave pickers focused on the Middle Mosel first before he sent the team to the Saar where the grapes were picked overripe and with botrytis at the beginning of November. The Mosel wines have surely more precision and there are legendary wines among them, most of all three three-stared noble sweet Auslesen (***) from the Wehlener and the Zeltingen Sonnenuhr as well as the Ürziger Würzgarten. In the Würzgarten, Molitor has remarkable new holdings and the 2013s already demonstrate impressively the top class of his old-vines parcels. Also the "dry“ wines (Molitor does not accept a borderline residual sugar as long as the wine tastes dry or almost dry) are superb and probably among the finest Rieslings that have been made in all Germany in 2013. Last but not least: Don’t miss the exotic medium-dry wines, of which the 2013 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** is another wine of the vintage. "Everything looked so promising in September, also the yields which we really need after all the investments we have made and are still doing. But the rain caused a quickly spreading onset of botrytis and the berries shriveled rapidly, almost like in 2006. We started picking already on October 10, but we had to select extremely carefully. It was the most expensive harvest I did in 30 years but the wines finally reflect all the work we have invested.“ I don't know of any Mosel, Saar or Ruwer producer who picked his Auslesen as late as Molitor did. Except of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (which was picked 31 October) all the other two and three-stared Auslesen were picked between November 1 (Zeltinger Schlossberg Auslese ** and Bernkasteler Lay Auslese **) and 7 (Graacher Himmelreich Auslese ***)! Molitor has also selected a BA in the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and six TBAs in 2013. The wines were not ready in January but I will taste them in March as they are now ready for bottling. I will also taste Molitor's 2012 vintage then which has so far not been rated in the Wine Advocate. br />
NB: Molitor uses a color code to distinguish the three different tastes of Riesling: His dry-tasting Rieslings wear a white capsule, the feinherb or medium-dry ones have a green capsule, whereas gold capsules indicate a fruity or sweet, respectively noble sweet wine.


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