Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Schömann
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Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Schömann - 2020

Item # 41029 750mL

Martin Schömann took over his father's estate in 1982. His winery is located in the picturesque town of Zeltingen in the heart of the Mosel. This dry Riesling comes from a sliver of a parcel (.8 ha) of pure slate soils in the Sonnenuhr vineyard.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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People talk about Riesling as if it's just one single wine, with a single personality, a type, perhaps, and, of course, it's always assumed to be sweet. And yet, there are so many factors that go into the wine that ultimately ends up in your glass. The terroir, naturally, the ripeness at harvest, and the vinification process. Here then, is a dry spatlese. Picked at peak ripeness with minimal residual sugar. The aromas alone will have you swooning: ripe apple and apricot with just a whisper of those slatey petrol notes that get me every time. That glorious fruit shines on the palate held aloft with Riesling's signature acidity. A perfect wine for those fall evenings. Pair with roast pork or chicken.




German wines are some of the most jubilantly fruity bottles in the world. The country's Rieslings have been prized worldwide for centuries, yet they have never quite caught on in the U.S.: this no doubt due to Germany’s arcane system of wine classification. The most useful words to know on German wine labels are “Kabinett,” which indicates an outstanding everyday wine, and “trocken,” which means “dry.” As far as dessert wines go, a half-bottle of German Eiswein is so potent that you'll be able...

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Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the delightful honeyed, flinty flavors that the best sweet Rieslings have always displayed. Alsace, of...

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