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Staff Pick

Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Kabinett, Künstler - 2012

Item # 11140 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

From a parcel of vines adjacent to the village church comes this Riesling that is as vibrant as it is delicious on the palate. The soils are full of loess, sand and limestone. This is a wine with finesse and incredible length. It is dry style, yet cannot hide the fruity appeal of the Riesling grape.

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Staff Pick Notes

The Rheingau is the birthplace of Riesling and it’s tough to imagine an environment more favorable for showcasing the grape’s potential. But the region’s storied reputation has taken a bit of a hit in recent decades, driven largely by complacency among elite growers. Thankfully, producers like Künstler quietly toil away, year in and year out rendering wines of exquisite nobility. The Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Kabinett is a textural marvel. I suspect that if it were possible to uncoil each sip there'd be enough surface area to cover a ball field. It's also a spot on example of a dry riesling that has earned its balanced ripeness fair and square in the vineyard.


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