2017 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese** White Kapsel

Riesling - 750ML
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WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2019

From 80- to 120-year-old vines, the intensely citrus-yellow colored 2017 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** (White Capsule) offers an absurdly deep, highly intense, complex and concentrated bouquet with lime confit...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2019

Stunning minerality here with smoke, citrus, quartz, granite, chalk and parsley and thyme. Ostensibly dry on the palate with a raw yet playful serving of acidity that gives this super kick and drive. Medium-to full-bodied...
VN 91

Vinous, January 2020

A headily high-toned nose offers citrus zests, apple distillate, honeysuckle and heliotrope. The palate really shows off vintage-typical acids, with grapefruit, lime and apple offering snap, tang and animation. Yet there...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Riesling
Country Germany
Region Mosel Saar Ruwer
Sub-region Middle Mosel
Appellation Zeltingen Rachtig
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12%
Closure Cork

The 2017 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese** White Kapsel is a truly exceptional wine that showcases the best qualities of a German Riesling. With its intensely citrus-yellow color, this wine immediately captivates the senses and hints at the complexity that awaits.

From vines that are between 80 to 120 years old, this wine offers a highly intense and concentrated bouquet. Aromas of lime confit, perfectly ripe white stone fruits, and flinty notes of crushed stones and lemon zest dance on the nose. It is a truly mesmerizing experience, with each sniff revealing new layers of depth.

On the palate, the 2017 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese** is a revelation. It is dense, rich, and powerful, yet remarkably elegant and seamlessly textured. The fine tannins and tightly woven structure showcase the immense power of this dry Riesling. Markus Molitor himself describes it as "physical drinking" – a testament to the strength and concentration of this wine.

Despite its power, density, and tension, the 2017 vintage is remarkably elegant and silky. The acidity is perfectly ripe and interwoven, adding a refreshing and spicy piquancy to the wine. The finish is exceptionally long and promising, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points. He describes it as a fascinating Riesling with outstanding finesse and recommends enjoying it over the next 20 to 30 years. It is one of the finest two-starred Ausleses from Markus Molitor and is on the cusp of reaching three-star status.

Other critics have also praised this wine. Vinous awarded it 91 points, noting the high-toned nose, vibrant acidity, and invigorating finish. James Suckling awarded it 95 points, highlighting the stunning minerality, raw acidity, and long finish.

The 2017 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese** White Kapsel is a wine that truly exemplifies the best of German Riesling. It is a wine of immense power, elegance, and complexity, and is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed now or aged for years to come, this wine is a true gem in the world of German Rieslings.