Wine Advocate 92+
“Filigreed and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline, clear and elegant Riesling from old vines. Its finish is very salty and reflects the pure slate soils of the steep vineyards in the Mosel Valley." -S.R.
“Honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley on the nose persist as alluring inner-mouth perfume, accompanied by fresh apple and an undertone of wet stone. The impression suggests a dominance of Zeltingen and Wehlen material over that from Ürzig. The feel is polished and the fruit rich, tinged with cardamom and nutmeg as well as saliva-liberating salinity, leading to a luscious, mouthwatering finish.” - D.S
Quality level: QbA
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from Molitor's oldest vines from the steep slopes along the river Mosel. The vineyard sites are located between Brauneberg and Traben-Trarbach in the Middle Mosel area.
Vinification: The grapes were softly crushed and macerated for several hours on the skins. After maceration the juice was fermented using only natural yeasts. The wine rests on the lees following fermentation producing a balanced and aromatic wine.
“Slightly reductive at first, this only gradually opens up to reveal ripe notes of fruits including yellow peach, apricot and strawberry. A touch of smoke and spices comes through with airing and adds depth to the nose. The wine is very delicate and superbly focused on the palate, where white flowers and herbs come through. It leaves a very long and zest infused feeling in the finish. This beautifully light and complex expression of dry Riesling only needs a few years of bottle aging to blend its elements and show its full potential." (Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 38)
Markus Molitor was just 20 years old in 1984 when he took control of his father's winery. Even at such a young age he had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish. His ultimate goal was to produce Rieslings from Germany's famed Mosel region in the family tradition of eight generations before him with a strong dedication to making quality-driven, terroir-specific wines that would be unmistakably characteristic of this unique area. Markus' guidelines have never changed and remain as uncompromising devotion to quality in the vineyard and cellar, together with an absolute respect for nature. His intent is that each vineyard and vintage should express itself in the taste of every single wine. Markus began with just 1.5 hectares of vineyards in 1984. Over the past 35 years his holdings have grown to 120 hectares and Markus Molitor is now the largest privately-owned winery, family- run vineyard in the Mosel region. 75% of his vineyards are located in Grand-Cru sites along the Middle Mosel river and 25% are located in the Sarre river region. All of the vinyeards are located on steep slopes and many of them are planted with old vines (some of the ungrafted vines are 100 years old). Due to the steepness and age of the vineyards, almost all of the work must be done by hand, guaranteeing the utmost quality in the selection process. Organic and sustainable viticulture practices are used in all of Markus Molitor's vineyards.
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