Our wine this month is: 2001 Selbach-OsterZeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Eiswein "JUNIOR"
This is one of our favorite wineries in all of Germany. In fact, we've drunk more wines from this producer than any other Germany winery. Our favorite is their Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese but we've now accumulated quite a variety of their wines in our cellar.
To me, German wine, or, any kind of sweet wine, is all about balance. If it lacks fruit or enough acids (especially!), the wine is flabby and insipid.
Tasting Note: Well, guess what? We're not opening this baby for another 15-20 years or more. (Terry Theise has it in the 15-45 year before opening category.) We learned our lesson recently and have the patience to wait on this one. We also have their other eiswein from that year, Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Eiswein - and we will wait even longer on that one!
Tasting Note Take Two: Eric LeVine, the proprietor of CellarTracker.com, tasted this from both a half bottle (what we have) and a magnum - here's his note from the half bottle: "Tasted by Eric on 4/30/2005 & rated 95 points: When I first opened this it was stinky, almost moldy, and I was worried it was corked. However, this note quickly developed into a stinky, Mosel note of extreme minerality. On the palate this grabs your attention, a STUNNING laser of acidity, concentrated grapefruit. Words fail me, but in the dictionary next to the word 'vibrant' there is clearly a picture of this stunning wine, wow!"
The total annual production for all wines at Selbach-Oster is about 7500 cases (all riesling).
Selbach-Oster wines have excellent availability in the US because they're selected by Terry Theise and imported by Michael Skurnik Wines. Although I still could not find our WBW ice wine for sale anywhere.