97 Points, Wine Advocate
“The sweet 2013 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Auslese ** is somewhat remote in its cool and aristocratic smokiness, which delivers a fragrant perfume of lemons, limes and crushed stones to the nose. Quite juicy, yet subtle and elegant on the palate, this is a highly concentrated, minerally piquant and persistently salty Auslese with a stunning delicacy in the aftertaste. The wine is very firm and piquant, but its concentration and vibrancy will take it through decades.” – Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 97 Points
Hold to 2030
"I’m excited to get my hands (well, in route to our warehouse) on this spectacular Markus Molitor Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule in 750ml format. His 2013s are off the chart especially the late picked Ausleses. German correspondent for the Wine Advocate, Stephan Reinhardt of The Wine Advocate rated Molitor’s Auslese as some of highest for the vintage.
I’m showcasing the most affordable bottling of the collection, but still with a stellar rating of 97 Points. Only two other retailers have this selection listed online. Molitor wines are usually reserved for the finest dining rooms in America. Ask any serious Master Sommelier whose top of the pecking order in the Mosel and there’s a good chance Molitor is one of the first names mentioned.
In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" terroir-specific and built to age in the tradition of the eight generations prior and at the same quality level (or better) that made the region world-famous 100 years ago.
All Molitor wines are produced by spontaneous, natural fermentation. They deliberately refrain from using improving agents, enzymes or other additives.
Molitor sources only the top sites in the Mosel and then old, ungrafted vines whenever possible.
The score is huge, the wine is limited in availability and the price is amazingly reasonable given the quality!
Time to pony up ... Wunderbar!" -Neil Mechanic
Weingut Molitor is one Germany's greatest wine producers. Markus Molitor took over the winery in 1984, at the age only 20 years of age. He represents the eighth generation of his centuries-old Mosel winemaking family. The estate is centred in the historic town of Bernkastel, with 37 hectares of spectacular vineyards spread across 15 classic sites from Bernkastel and Graach to Wehlen and Zeltingen. This is viticulture at its most extreme, with very old ungrafted vines (many 100 years old or more) planted on slopes as steep as 80% inclination. Needless to say all farming is by hand -it could not possibly be any other way. Interestingly, although the vast majority of vines are riesling, there are also a small plantings (about 4 hectares) of pinot noir and pinot blanc - actually an ancient tradition in the Mosel, banned in 1930 but recently revived. The precious slate soil of the astonishingly steep West facing vineyards produces wines of great structure and depth, full of minerality, aromatic complexity, and fruity acidity.
Winemaking is staunchly traditional, with spontaneous fermentation initiated by ambient natural yeasts, no enzymes, and no fining - "a winemaking style of 100 years ago". The wines are primarily fermented and matured in big old oak casks, with a small portion fermented in stainless steel. Exquisitely old-fashioned late harvest wines are a specialty: often the trockenbeerenauslesen ferment for five years or more, with sugars of up to 780 g/L!
Pair with meat and seafood terrines, as well as double and triple creamed cheeses.