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Selbach-Oster 'Bomer' Riesling Trocken 2018
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This is a white wine imageSelbach-Oster 'Bomer' Riesling Trocken 2018

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Wine Advocate 94
"The 2018 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling trocken Bmer is very clear and fine on the coolish, fresh and elegant nose. Round and juicy, this is a very elegant, refined and persistently salty Riesling with a long, intense and mineral finish. This is exceptional quality with so much finesse and terroir expression. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in September 2020."

James Suckling 92
" Wild herbs, some fresh pastry and a spicy edge here, too. The ... read more
This is a white wine
Item ID: #43734
Location at store:63c,91c
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by vol: 12.5%

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Wine Advocate 94
"The 2018 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling trocken Bmer is very clear and fine on the coolish, fresh and elegant nose. Round and juicy, this is a very elegant, refined and persistently salty Riesling with a long, intense and mineral finish. This is exceptional quality with so much finesse and terroir expression. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in September 2020."

James Suckling 92
" Wild herbs, some fresh pastry and a spicy edge here, too. The palate has a very fresh, juicy feel with some limes and green mangoes. The palate has a smooth, fresh and juicy feel with tangy-lime flavor. Drink or hold."

Wine Spectator 91
"A vibrant, herb-driven white, featuring a dry profile laced with grapefruit, white tea and thyme aromas and flavors. Sleek and intense, with vivid acidity driving this to a long finish. A bit shy on fruit for now, but should unravel in a few years. Best from 2022 through 2031. 123 cases imported. AZ"

The Estate
Today, Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara, with the increasing help of son Sebastian and daughter Hannah, manage their vineyards and winery with passion and respect for the estates long held traditions. 55% of their 24 hectares of vines are on their original rootstocks, in Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, and Sonnenuhr; Wehlener Sonnenuhr; and, Graacher Himmelreich and Domprobst. These vineyards of weathered Devonian slate are on a steep, contiguous slope facing south-south west and represent some of the most prestigious sites in all of the Middle Mosel, in fact 85% of the Selbachs vines are on steep slopes. The Selbach familys heritage in the wine business dates to 1660: Selbachs ancestors shipped wines down the Mosel in their own ships, the wine carried in oak barrels made by cooper Matthias Oster, the great-grandfather on the paternal side of the family. Thus, the winery developed as both a top estate producing some of the regions best wine, and also as a ngociant and brokerage firm, consolidating the production of smaller growers.

Johannes, like his late father Hans, has continued the use of traditional oak fuder in his cellar, bringing in new large casks every few years. Vinification is carried out in a combination of fuder and stainless steel, in a hands-off manner with no fining, and predominantly with wild yeasts. The focus is on meticulous work in the vineyard with the aim to produce and bring home perfect fruit. In 2016 Christian Vogt, winemaker at Kartauserhof for many years added even more talent to the winery.

The hallmark of the estate is 3 old parcels that Selbach-Oster harvests en-bloc; or, as single pickings, with no selections pulled from the vineyard prior to harvesting. The Rotlay (in the Zeltingen Sonnenuhr, rich in iron ore), the Schmitt (in the Zeltingen Schlossberg), and the Anrecht (in the Zeltingen Himmelreich) are all old parcels high on their respective slopes and post trained on their original rootstock. Typically, Auslese is selected by successive passes through the vineyardpicking fruit for Kabinett and Sptlese first and leaving the healthiest berries on the vine to concentrate. For the en-bloc wines selection of this type is avoided, in order to maintain a holistic flavor profile that contains that of ultra-ripe grapes, optimally ripe, and of lesser-ripe ones which have the ability to reflect a complete terroir of both place and moment. Because his approach in winemaking is minimal, Johannes Selbach will allow his wines to ferment naturally, as slow or as complete as manifest, resulting in dry wines in some vintages and fruity in others.

Selbach Oster

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Selbach OsterToday, Johannes Selbach and his wife Barbara, with the increasing help of son Sebastian, manage their vineyards and winery with passion and respect for the estate's long held traditions. 50% of their 21 hectares of vines are on their original rootstocks, in Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg, and Sonnenuhr; Wehlener Sonnenuhr; and, Graacher Himmelreich and Domprobst. These vineyards of weathered Devonian slate are on a steep, contiguous slope facing south-south west and represent some of the most prestigious sites in all of the Middle Mosel. The Selbach family's heritage in the wine business dates to 1660: Selbach's ancestors shipped wines down the Mosel in their own ships, the wine carried in oak barrels made by cooper Matthias Oster, the great-grandfather on the paternal side of the family. Thus, the winery developed as both a top estate producing some of the region's best wine, and also as a négociant and brokerage firm, consolidating the production of smaller growers.

Johannes, like his late father Hans, has continued the use of traditional oak fuder in his cellar, bringing in new large casks every few years. Vinification is carried out in a combination of fuder and stainless steel, in an hands-off manner with no fining, and predominantly with wild yeasts. The focus is on meticulous work in the vineyard with the aim to produce and bring home perfect fruit. "Selbach aims for a typical modern Mosel style, which reflects the minerality of the rocky Devonian slate soils, as well as the elegance and finesse of the Riesling fruit in clear, crisp, elegant, low-alcohol, yet full-flavored handcrafted wines," says Stephan Reinhardt, in The Finest Wines of Germany.

The hallmark of the estate are 3 old parcels that Selbach-Oster harvests en-bloc; or, as single pickings, with no selections pulled from the vineyard prior to harvesting. The Rotlay (in the Zeltingen Sonnenuhr, rich in iron ore), the Schmitt (in the Zeltingen Schlossberg), and the Anrecht (in the Zeltingen Himmelreich) are all old parcels high on their respective slopes and post trained on their original rootstock. Typically, Auslese is selected by successive passes through the vineyard--picking fruit for Kabinett and Spätlese first and leaving the healthiest berries on the vine to concentrate. For the en-bloc wines selection of this type is avoided, in order to maintain a holistic flavor profile that contains that of ultra-ripe grapes, optimally ripe, and of lesser-ripe ones which has the ability to reflect a complete terroir of both place and moment. Because his approach in winemaking is minimal, Johannes Selbach will allow his wines to ferment naturally, as slow or as complete as manifest, resulting in dry wines in some vintages and fruity in others.

Vineyard area: 21 hectares
Annual production: 13,300 cases
Vineyard holdings:
Zeltingen – Himmelreich, Schlossberg
Sonnenuhr (all blue Devonian slate)
Wehlen – Sonnenuhr (blue Devonian slate)
Graach – Himmelreich, Domprobst (both blue Devonian slate with a layer of loam underneath)
Bernkastel – Badstube (blue Devonian slate)

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