Selbach Oster

Today, 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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Selbach-Oster Spatlese Zeltinger Schlossberg 2016
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "A juicy and salty wine from this seriously underrated top site. How can a wine be this succulent and filigree? It tastes weightless and super-ripe all at once. Best before you die! Publish Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017"  Wine Advocate 93 "The 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg
Item Number: 29022
Bottle:$22.95
Case: $275.40
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Selbach-Oster Zeilting Schmitt Riesling 2016
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 97 "The 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese "Schmitt" (AP 24 17) is a very clear, fresh and precise on the nose, with very fine mineral aromas of crunchy slate. This reminds me a bit of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr in its finesse, perfectly ripe fruit and the finest possible
Item Number: 29005
Bottle:$45.95
Case: $275.70
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Selbach Oster Zeltinger Sonneh Riesling Auslese 2015
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The 2015 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese is very clear, fine and fresh on the nose, which indicates a pretty pure and stony/mineral character. The attack on the palate is dense, enormously vital and racy; the wine is straight, firm and fresh, full of salts, and provided with
Item Number: 27793
Bottle:$26.95
Case: $323.40
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Selbach Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbroc 2016
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "This has the imprint of the sun and shadow, the rain and hot slate stones of the Mosel vineyards in it. A delicate wine with inspiring freshness. Drink any time between now and 2030. Publish Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017"  TASTING NOTES Our old perennial favorite! The ’15
Item Number: 27429
Bottle:$17.95
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Selbach-Oster Auslese* Zeltinger Riesling 2015
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96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96+ "The 2015 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese * is super clear and flinty on the nose, with smoky/dusty flavors of crushed stones and very clear pineapple aromas. The wine shows a great finesse and elegance on the palate, is lush and perfectly ripe, as well as piquant, firmly
Item Number: 26977
Bottle:$30.95
Case: $371.40
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Selbach 'Incline' Riesling 2015
Wine Information:  The Selbach ‘Incline’ was produced by Johannes Selbach to simply outshine all Mosel Rieslings at, or near, its price point. The name Incline was chosen to honor the impossibly steep sloped terroir of the Mosel from which these grapes are grown.   Vinified in stainless steel,

Selbach Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbroc 2015
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 WS TOP 100 2017 Rank 95 "Pungent, with aromas of slate and ripe orchard fruit, this sleek white displays complex flavors of flowers, peach, quince and slate. A hint of chive works into the mix as this remains persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2024.—B.S."  TASTING

Selbach-Oster Riesling Spatlese 2013
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Offers a minerally aroma, with suave flavors of ruby grapefruit, lemon curd and green peach that show an underlying raciness. Deeply spiced on the finish, revealing honey and lemon verbena notes. Drink now through 2024. 60 cases imported. –KM"  About the winery Today, Johannes

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett 2015
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92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2015 Riesling Kabinett is super pure, fine and smoky on the nose, a classic Mosel Riesling that shines and attracts, and is the cash cow of the domaine. Mainly sourced from the Zeltinger Himmelreich, this is a light and super clear, lush, precise and highly delicate Kabinett

Selbach-Oster 'Uralte Reben' Riesling Spatlese Feinherb2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "From the very oldest plot of the cru next to the Rotlay, with more than 100-year-old ungrafted vines with extremely low yields--but highly aromatic berries that are as great as lentils--the 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Uralte Reben opens with a very deep,

Selbach-Oster 'Zeltinger Sonn' Riesling Spatlese 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92+ "As the dry wine, the sweet 8.5% alcohol 2012 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is more delicate and subtle on the nose compared to the relative of the Schlossberg. Picked eight days earlier than the latter, the Sonnenuhr is very sweet on the palate as well, but reveals more

Selbach Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbroc 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "From 30-year-old vines in the filet of the cru, and bottled with 16 grams of residual sugar, the 2014 Zeltinger Himmereich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken is a "charmingly dry" wine, says Selbach. The wine opens very clear, cool, delicately pure and flinty on the nose, with Cox's

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett 2014
ZELTINGER SONNENUHR: is the Premier Grand Cru. Slate, lime, apple, butter-vanilla, rich, almost chewy earthiness, great depth. Some parcels are prized by locals as the best sites in the entire Bernkastel-Zeltingen ramp-DOKTOR notwithstanding! These wines are fullbodied. Selbachs are now the primo

Selbach-Oster "Zeltinter Sonn" Riesling Spatlese* 2012
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Lovely floral, peach and hazelnut aromas, with a twist of acacia blossom. Delicate apricot on the palate, enlivened by a bracing citrus character. Finishes alluringly, with slate, lemon oil and a hint of clove and excellent length. -- Joel B. Payne"  ZELTINGER SONNENUHR: is the

Selbach-Oster 'Zeltinger Sonn' Riesling Spatlese 2012
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92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92+ "As the dry wine, the sweet 8.5% alcohol 2012 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is more delicate and subtle on the nose compared to the relative of the Schlossberg. Picked eight days earlier than the latter, the Sonnenuhr is very sweet on the palate as well, but reveals more

Selbach-Oster 'Anrecht' Zeltinger Himmel Riesling 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93+ "Bright and aromatic on the nose, the pale yellow 2013 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht reveals clear grapefruit, lemon and lime aromas on the nose. Picked on November 8, this 8% virtual Auslese is rich (82 grams of residual sugar are countered by 9 grams of residual sugar),

Selbach 'Incline' Riesling 2014
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Fresh-tasting, with snappy green apple and ripe citrus flavors flanked by plenty of savory and herbal notes. Lemon drop accents show on the finish. Drink now. 2,800 cases imported.—Kim Marcus"  Wine Information:  The Selbach ‘Incline’ was produced by Johannes Selbach to

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett 2013
" ZELTINGER SONNENUHR: is the Premier Grand Cru. Slate, lime, apple, butter-vanilla, rich, almost chewy earthiness, great depth. Some parcels are prized by locals as the best sites in the entire Bernkastel-Zeltingen ramp-DOKTOR notwithstanding! These wines are fullbodied. Selbachs are now the primo

Selbach 'Incline' Riesling 2013
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Rich and expressive, offering a firm structure to the dried peach, apricot and pear sauce flavors, with notes of honeysuckle. The plush finish lingers with accents of ginger and thyme. Drink now through 2017. 750 cases made.”  " The Selbach ‘Incline’ was produced by Johannes

Selbach-Oster 'Anrecht' Zeltinger Himmel Riesling 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The block-picked, lightly-botrytized Selbach 2011 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Anrecht leads with a gorgeous though subtle amalgam of apple blossom, chamomile, sweet lime, pear nectar, and quince preserves, all of which reconvene on a silken-textured, subtly creamy and oily yet

Selbach Oster 'Rotlay' Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Ries 2012
93  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 93 "Golden yellow. Lovely floral, peach and clove aromas are complicated by a dash of nut oil. Unctuous, creamy apricot flavor is lifted by a bracing saline character. Finishes brilliantly--and almost off-dry--with slate, lemon oil and a hint of nutmeg. Distinctive and

Selbach-Oster 'Rotlay' Riesling Auslese 2007
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "One again the product (like Schmitt) of block picking, the 2007 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Rotlay offers a startlingly creamy texture and deep set of inner-mouth aromas and flavors. Nut oils, musk, wood smoke, vanilla, honey, nearly over-ripe apple and pear are further inflected

Selbach Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbroc 2011
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "By the time I came to tasting Selbach-Oster’s 2011 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken – the latest installment of a wine that’s long been among my personal at-home favorites – any concern that mineral elements might be short-changed at this address in this vintage

Selbach-Oster Kabinett Riesling 2011
"Acidity shows; it’s a bit steel-toed this vintage. In some ways this occupies the place normally occupied by the Himmelreich Halbtrocken – consider switching over! It’s mostly Himmelreich in any case, and the wine’s got the merest surmise of RS." ~ Winery notes

Selbach Oster Graacher Domprob Riesling Spatlese 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "Initial youthful yeastiness in the nose of the Selbachs’ 2010 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese blows off to reveal site-typical aromas of fresh apple and nut oils tinged with brown spices, all of which then inhabit a succulent, seductively creamy, subtly wet stone-lined