Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, Kees-Kieren
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Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, Kees-Kieren - 2017

Item # 42557 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Himmelreich is an iconic vineyard of the Mosel Valley in the village of Graach. Riesling here comes from steep slopes of blue slate, mica and clay. These wines can age and are distinct on the palate with their mineral nature. This Kabinett shows structure and freshness yet is plush and accessible with a dash of sweet on the finish. The Kees brothers, Ernst-Josef and Werner, have been making wine in the Mosel since 1980 and today have just over 5 hectares cultivated mostly to Riesling.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is everything I love about riesling: a little slatey minerality, a soupçon of juicy ripe fruit, a faint whisper of sweetness and a whole lotta bright acidity.  It's a quintessential, classic, benchmark kind of bottle that shows off this glorious grape in all its perfection. This is no surprise given the pedigreed site of Graacher Himmelreich, a prime Grand Cru located in the mid-Mosel. Its steep, slatey slopes have been the source of great wine for the last 300 years. For the last 25 years the vines have been tended to by brothers Ernst-Josef and Werner Kees whose philosophy is to let the wines showcase this very special terroir. It's a truly stellar wine.


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