2015 Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese Kinheimer Hubertuslay White Kapsel**
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $39.94 (was: $59.94)
"2015 has been a stellar vintage for the great Mosel classics..." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Riesling has never been more popular, but in the Mosel it is still possible to find value at the top levels as Markus Molitor has shown us year after year. Every time we taste Molitor’s portfolio, we are again surprised at the dizzying array of vineyards he draws from, and his most recent acquisition has the potential to be a dry Riesling fan’s dream.
This 2015 Auslese is a superbly concentrated dry Riesling from Kinheimer Hubertuslay, and it benefits from the site’s uncharacteristically deep slate, which in warm, dry years like 2015 encourage vines to dig deep, gathering up even more intense and concentrated flavors. A “very powerful, rich, concentrated yet pure, elegant and even finessed” Riesling (WA95), this sub-$40 Auslese proves again that Mosel Riesling is still the most affordable world-class wine in the world!
Mosel cellarmasters are rarely able to produce every style and level of Riesling in each vintage, but 2015 was a real unicorn year. With the warm, even, and dry growing season yielding healthy grapes at every level of ripeness, Molitor was able to produce his absolute best Auslese. The ** is the next to highest category, and in top vintages, it’s a perfect intersection of quality and value, as the *** can easily cost over twice as much. This 2015 Auslese will age for decades and we have it available today for the best price around. Cheers!