This is just the second year that Tim has labelled this as Felseneck Kabinett, sourced from the coldest, upper slope, north facing corner of the vineyard. It is the first wine that he harvested, expressly seeking to capture the kind of classic Kabinett lightness of being that is too often lost in the bigger-is-better trend for Kabinett. I flat out flipped over this wine, immediately asking him if he is planning to bottle magnums of it, something that he has never done, but was already considering. I think that my enthusiasm (and large request…) may have put him over the edge. My note: “Gorgeous spönti nose; what an insanely delicious wine!!! Super fine and weightless, yet soooo much fruit/floral/mineral flavor packed into it. Epic, classic Kabinett!!!” For you tech geeks out there: picked at 83 oechsle (classic Kabinett must weight), with 10 g/L acidity, 45 g/L residual sugar (one would never guess that much as the harmony is weightless and electric) and 7.5% alcohol. An elemental nectar of the gods!!! DON’T SAY I DIDN’T TELL YOU SOOOOO!!! (obviously, a little * here)
“The Felseneck Kabinett 2015 was made from three small, very steep parcels in the vineyard that Tim Fröhlich likes to use for Kabinetten, as they do not face due south and mostly get afternoon sun. The grapes for this Kabinett were the first Riesling to be picked this year, being collected on September 29th. The wine is utterly classic in size, shape and filigree, offering up a really lovely bouquet of pear, lemongrass, a touch of currant leaf, a beautiful base of slate, wild yeasts and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, filigreed and dancing, with lovely intensity of flavor, crisp acids and a beautifully focused, racy finish. Classic, ethereal Kabinett. 2016-2040. 95.” John Gilman
Late Sept/early Oct ’16 arrival.