Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling 2018
In the mood for a crisp, bright Riesling to go with your spicy Asian fare? Or how about just as a delicious aperitif? Give this Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett Riesling a shot then.
James Suckling: "This has very attractive, fresh, rich peaches and fine, stony mineral notes. The palate delivers a salty, tangy feel with fresh, crisp and clean flavors. Nails the brief for great Kabinett! Drink now." Dec 2019
Robert Parker, Jr's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett has a very clear nose with delicate, spring-like aromas of herbs and slate and ripe, elegant fruit. The palate is clear, lush and filigreed and shows a juicy but lithe, bright and very fresh picture-book Kabinett with lingering salinity and ripe, well-integrated acidity. Very aromatic aftertaste." Aug 2019
Trade Notes: "If you’re new to all this, there’s a reason these wines are so beloved. Part of it is they’re so scarce; the estate is all of 4.2 hectares with no desire to grow. Part of is the wines themselves; they’re silly delicious. You cannot be unhappy drinking these perfect ur-Mosel Rieslings. And as crystalline as they are, as ethereally complex and limpidly clear, they have a quality of calm; they don’t fuss at you with how amazing they are. The focus is not on numbers or analytics, but on how the grapes taste. From harvesting each plot to the fermentations with natural yeast, all the way through bottling, everything is done by taste and feel. Schaefer is absolutely, without question, one of the greatest producers in Germany. This is a benchmark for the Mosel and the wines are coveted not just by collectors, but by other growers.
Domprobst is more mineral, smokier, shadowy, and takes longer to emerge while Himmelreich is buoyant, more floral, lighter in texture, and is open from day one."