2017 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1400794 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Gorgeous pink grapefruit, lime zest and white blossom perfume this luminous yet zesty kabinett. It’s delightfully sweet and tart boasting layers of pristine grapefruit and tangerine flavors catapulted by lime acidity. It’s a delightfully sprightly wine to enjoy now–2028 for its youthful exuberance. (AI)  (3/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett is the most complex and terroir-driven Kabinett of the 2017 vintage. The bouquet is fine and noble, dense and expressive, with tropical fruit and fine, coolish stony aromas. Sweet and lush on the palate, this is a pretty rich and juicy but fine, transparent and salty-piquant Würzgarten with a stimulating, racy finish. Still young but promising. Tasted in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 31 18. The 2017er Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett was harvested at a moderate 81° Oechsle and fermented down to 49 g/l of residual sugar. This offers a beautiful nose of cassis, green herbs, mirabelle and smoky slate. The wine is as light as water on the slender palate and leaves a gorgeously fruity feel in the currently still slightly sweet finish. While a little bit sweet at this early stage in the after-taste, everything is there for a gorgeously playful fruity-styled wine at maturity. 2027-2042." (10/2018)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.