2015 Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese Wehlener Klosterberg Gold Kapsel**
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $47.94 (reg. $58.94)
The ‘home’ vineyard of Markus Molitor’s impressive Mosel estate rarely gets the attention it deserves. In 2015, his ** Auslese from Wehlener Klosterberg showcases that vineyard’s gorgeous iron and slate profile thanks to perfectly ripe grapes and a unique mineral character. Molitor acts as his own cellarmaster and Vinous has praised his “ambition, indefatigability and standards of vinous excellence.”
Molitor’s Riesling competes at the top of every category (and there a lot of those in Mosel). The goldkapsel line indicates natural sweet and/or botrytised Riesling, and his ** and *** iterations are the longest lived, and most intense examples produced by this estate.
Markus Molitor delivered the goods in 2015 with well over a dozen wines scoring WA96-points or higher. The Wehlener Klosterberg ** Auslese is in the top echelon of what great Mosel wine can be and it has decades of life ahead of it, described by the Wine Advocate as a “crystalline and very elegant Auslese with great precision and concentration”.
Riesling is already a terrific value compared to its peers in Burgundy and Alsace, but highly rated Molitor Ausleses are not often below $50, so Riesling enthusiasts should stock up on this incredible wine. Cheers!