Grüße aus einem ikonischen Mosel-Kraftwerk, getrieben von grenzenloser Leidenschaft,
Well folks, it seems that David Schildknecht chimed in with some of his 2016 Mosel reviews, and surprise surprise, he loves the vintage, particularly the embarrassment of riches that has emerged from Markus Molitor’s painstakingly perfectionistic hands. As my parcel hasn’t quite left yet, I am seizing the opportunity to have those of you who have not yet gotten on the bandwagon to cherry pick to your hearts delight, armed with David’s insights, the team at Mosel Fine Wines, and yours truly. In addition to a head dizzying array of his 2016 collection (including a few wines I DIDN’T OFFER the first two times), I have also included both the new release 2014 reds (THE TRARBACHER SCHLOSSBERG IS REFERENCE POINT GOOD! The 2011 included as well!!), AND the best of the library release 2007s …..happy happy joy joy!!!! :0
Here is the prior “take two” offering: As I had announced a few weeks ago, I have since visited and tasted the range of 2016 Markus Molitor Mosel wines, an infamous four hour marathon feat at that, and indeed, there is much to celebrate. The folks at Mosel Fine Wines hit the nail on the head, almost without exception, so my impressions seem to fall in very similar fashion to their own, with the finer points being more a matter of personal preference; I have included my blow by blow impressions below in the Menu portion. I don’t believe that I have ever tasted a collection of dry Mosel wines, all between 10-10.5% alcohol!, that are at once so precise and playful, chock full of the telltale terroir driven characteristics of many of the Mosel’s greatest grand cru sites. Whilst the consistency and stunning quality of the 2016 dry wines is indeed one of the big headlines here, there are certainly both feinherb (green capsule) and fruity (gold capsule) wines that are resounding beauties in their own right. The Urziger Würzgarten/Erdener Treppchen wines did not disappoint in their red fruited, spicy charms, an evident strength of the house……And again, to reiterate one of the main themes of the estate, the Zeltingen wines here virtually ALL present a self-evident sense of Grand cru class, from the initial whiff to their dazzling palate presence, the Molitor holdings and his care for them continue to yield some of the most profound wines of one of the middle Mosel’s smallest and grandest of Grand cru hillsides. Don’t miss them!!!
In addition to my thoughts on the wines, there are also a few elements in Markus’ lifetime narrative that I feel compelled to share. I have spoken about his fanatical and superhuman devotion to quality above all else, but I didn’t yet understand just how deeply it is rooted. When he was around ten years old, his father lost his right arm in an accident, unable to perform many of the tasks required of him as a wine grower. Markus’ career effectively began at that age, literally (and almost mythically) becoming his father’s “right hand man”. Then, when his father passed away just eight years later, he was fully thrust into the driver’s seat, and has never looked back, spurred on by a sense of passion/ambition that is mythic in its own right. Undoubtedly, having begun a career as a wine maker at such a formative young age is an important part of why he is so deeply connected to coaxing the very best from the Mosel’s many great sites, having grown up so closely connected to Mosel wine farming. I imagine it to be like some kind of first nature to him, his instinct and awareness being ever so attuned, the lines between subject and object dissolving…….
And so, here goes folks! Here is your last shot to get in on the 2016s, with some of my own impressions to accompany the reviews from the folks at Mosel Fine Wines. Here is the original offering below:
Fasten your seat belts, German wine lovers….I’m at it again. In what has been a few years in the making, I am proud to announce my partnership with one of the most incredible and all-encompassing estates in the Mosel: Markus Molitor. Driven by a very special kind of can’t-be-tought passion and intuition, Markus continues to determinedly put together a mind-bogglingly massive estate that serves as a library for many of the greatest sites in the Mosel and Saar valleys, often with some of the most prized portions of these iconic steep slate sites. As the years rolled by, with critics from every corner of the globe annually singing love-and-awe-struck praises for both the stirring beauty and sheer ambitious scale of his production, I asked myself: why don’t ANY of these wines make it stateside? In what has to be one of the most incongruous marriages in the history of US-German wine relationships, he was quizzically partnered with industrial scale, jug-wine-friend-of-Costco producer/importer Schmitt Söhne. Clearly the wrong tool for the hyper detail oriented job, a scant few bottlings of his 50-90 different wines produced annually would make it Stateside. So when I contacted the estate over a year and a half ago, my timing could not have been better: they told me that they had just notified Schmitt Söhne that they are moving on. The wine passion freaks had found one another, and it was finally time for America to get to know Molitor’s Mosel passion play….
By the time that we had decided to work together, the anticipation and hype of the 2015 campaign found their cupboard relatively bare. I could have sent a limited leftovers offering of his 2015s, but decided to wait until I could include a more comprehensive range with their best sites in Zeltingen, Ürzig, Erden, and Wehlen. In many of these villages, Markus holds some of the absolute cream of the crop, especially in Zeltingen and Ürzig/Erden….take note!! Always a late releaser relative to his peers, I have been anxiously awaiting his 2016 collection, a knockout vintage of filigree detail and finesse that is humming below the consumer radar in the wake of 2015s power and hype. When Mosel Fine Wines released their reviews a few days ago, filled with love struck superlatives once again, I wanted to be quick to the punch to ensure that we can get started on the best possible foot, plucking the best-of cherries from the lineup before the German market (which is voracious for his wines) gobbles them up. I have not yet been able to taste the 2016 range, which I will do in early November. However, I wanted to get out this offer now, before it is too late….!! I will send out a “repeat” offer after having tasted in order to include my impressions, but cannot guarantee that all wines offered now will still be available in a month’s time.!!! Don’t snooze on this one, y’all!!!
To briefly describe the house style here is a needed albeit shorthand injustice. Firstly, it bears clarifying that Markus is the only winemaker here, which for such a massive estate is mind-boggling in and of itself. He uses his own white/green/gold capsule labeling system to connote what style the wine is. The white capsule is for dry wines; the green capsule for off-dry or feinherb style wines; and gold capsule for fruity styled wines, commonly known among other Mosel addresses as Kabinett/Spätlese/Auslese “sweet” wines. There are often multiple bottlings from the same site, with a star * system used to connote different hierarchical levels of quality. The most that he makes of a particular site/style combo is three stars ***. There is a gossamer, silky, almost weightlessness to these wines that leaves the taster with an impression of genuinely special self-evident breed/class; they caress and dance with finesse and harmony. All of the wines are remarkably pure and crystalline, which puts the terroir impression of each site front and center. All of the wines are made with native yeasts, with the Rieslings made in very traditional fashion, aged in used fuder casks. The Pinot blancs, which are simply tremendous, are made in a combination of vessels, large and small; I know that David Schildknecht reveres these Pinot blancs as one of the finest addresses in the world for this under valued, juicy and impossible-not-to-love variety. The Pinot Noirs are also revered among the finest in Germany, with these 2014s being their newest releases; they are of dark fruited and savory nature.
As to my advice on how to shop these: everything BUT the *** examples offer tremendous value and substance. The character of the 2016 vintage is one of filigree finesse and delicacy, with a particularly successful (if not best of the vintage) range of dry wines and Kabinett/Spätlese wines. À la the 2015 vintage, the fruit set was impeccably clean, but from a much cooler season, which is what allows for such crystalline low octane delicacy. There is far less wine, however, yet another reason why I am anxious to get this party started. Trust me when I say that to mix up 2-4 cases of these wines will be one of the best investments in the simply joys of everyday epicurian life that you will ever make, as this kind of Mosel riesling at its best is pure magic in its ability to provide immediate and abundant pleasure allied to fascinating complexity. I heartily trust Mosel Fine Wines’ impressions, as I have found our tastes have lined up remarkably well for other collections that we have both tasted, thus I encourage you to do likewise…..and soooo, I proudly present to you in greater breadth and depth than has ever been offered stateside the singular beauty of Markus Molitor, his team, and the inimitable greatness of many of the Mosel’s noblest sites…….
“What Markus Molitor achieved in 2016 is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The wines have the typical depth and aromatic intensity, which, this year, are paired with absolutely beautiful elegance and finesse. The Estate hit the bull’s eye in the dry category. Almost all wines are outstanding and the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese **, Graacher Himmelreich *** and Zeltinger Sonnenuhr *** are among the finest dry Riesling of the vintage. Also in the off-dry category, Markus delivered superb wines, including the Badstube Spätlese and the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ***. The fruity Kabinett and Spätlese wines have depth and elegant lightness and the noble sweet wines are simply cruising at their usual high levels. True stars among the noble-sweet wines have to be the Brauneberger Mandelgraben Eiswein *, which is simply Eiswein perfection, and the Eiswein “no star” (regular would be truly the wrong word …), which is not far behind but at a fraction of the cost. Lastly, amateurs of mature Mosel should keep Markus Molitor on their radar. He re-released a series of superb mature Riesling from the under-rated 2007 vintage. What a collection!” – Mosel Fine Wines
Here is David Schildknecht’s intro to the 2016 collection:
“Given the vastness of Markus Molitor’s domaine with its increasingly large holdings on the Saar and its sites spread along the Middle Mosel from Brauneberg to Trarbach, it’s not surprising that certain locations were hit by peronospora during the interminably wet spring and early summer of 2016, and in addition several of his sites were hailed on. “Even so,” noted Molitor, “the most serious influence on yields this year was the drought conditions in mid- and late summer, and we still ended up with a decent albeit not large crop.” He concurs in the view widely shared among the most successful growers whom I visit that aggressive de-leafing as a means of insuring against fungal infections backfires even if the weather doesn’t turn hot and dry as it did in 2016. “Or at least,” averred Molitor, “you end up with a very different aromatic profile from Riesling exposed to that much sun,” and not a profile that he (or I) deems desirable or conducive to elegance and finesse. “Moreover,” he added, “wines with that sort of exposure don’t develop as slowly or as well in bottle. We only de-leaf in August,” he explained, “and then by carefully removing foliage from the inside so that there is still some shade from outer leaves. But there’s no recipe.” Harvesting of Riesling did not begin here in earnest until the end of the first week of October and continued steadily for just over a month, although sporadic picking for nobly sweet wines continued into December. “You really noticed the difference between sites that have natural sources of water and those that don’t,” observed Molitor. “The former were up to 10 or 15 degrees Oechsle higher, while vines in the latter had obviously experienced shutdown in the course of the summer. And although it meant further sacrificing yields, you had to wait before harvesting from those stressed vines, otherwise the stress would show up in the flavors.” Fortunately, the clear, cool October and early November 2016 weather played along, and acid levels remained efficaciously high even as malic gave way to tartaric. Even so, final must weights remained enormously varied.
“We had to cull botrytis early from those sites that had ripened rapidly,” reported Molitor, “but that wasn’t a problem because the botrytis was largely lovely” – and there wasn’t all that much of it, as witness the modest number of nobly sweet wines in this year’s collection. “We actually debated omitting most Kabinett bottlings and putting those musts that registered in the low 80s [Oechsle] into our generic [lightly chaptalized] bottlings,” observed Molitor. “But the wines we ended up bottling as Kabinett turned out to have an inner density and opulence, despite their alcoholic levity, that I could scarcely believe and would never have predicted. In retrospect, I wish I had elected to vinify a few more fuders as Kabinett.” (I do too!) These observations also help explain the exceptional quality of this year’s generic bottlings even when judged by this estate’s consistently high standard. Incidentally, those generics are this year not labeled as estate-bottled, because Molitor purchased fruit from some parcels in Ockfener Bockstein whose acreage he was planning to – and subsequently did – add to his estate.
This represents the first vintage for Molitor’s parcel in Bernkasteler Doctor (one of two – the other assigned to Schloss Lieser – whose leasing arrangements had come up for renewal in late 2015). The enormous former State winery in Serrig on the Saar that Molitor acquired in 2016 has been 80% replanted with an array of massal selections, as has his share of the Schodener Geisberg, reclaimed from scrub the previous year – both undertakings whose scope and scrupulousness are mind-boggling. “It’s unparalleled. Where else in Germany are 25 hectares on offer, all in one piece, of grand cru terroir, encompassing two monopoles?” asked Molitor rhetorically of his Serrig acquisition. But it will be 2018 at the earliest before any fruit is harvested from the Geisberg, and Molitor plans to utilize any fruit from Serrig in his generic bottlings for at least the next three years, during which this future estate-within-an-estate will be converting to an organic regimen. “Then, in the fourth year at the earliest, I’ll come on the market with wines under my own label: ‘Domäne Serrig – Markus Molitor’,” of which there will eventually be up to 150,000 liters.
As usual, the lineup of Molitor’s latest Riesling collection was accompanied by his red wines from two vintages prior, and Molitor’s are among 2014 vintage Pinot Noirs that have set me wondering. Perhaps a grower’s having overcome serious vintage challenges is a theme that can be overdone, because it’s also possible to perceive in 2014 a vintage that, if allowed to (via a light winemaking touch), offered unique advantages and opportunity for rendering nuanced, elegant Pinots in which mineral, carnal and floral elements get to strut their stuff against a background of fresh red berry fruits. Over and above the vintage 2016 Rieslings on which I have reported below, a Saar Riesling Alte Reben had not yet been assembled and the two Auslesen from the Bernkasteler Doctor along with a quartet of potential TBAs (pending final decisions) were not ready to show at the time of my most recent, September 2017, visit. In addition, Molitor mentioned that “at least four or five very tiny” Auslese-grade lots would end up being sold as exclusives to individual merchants, restaurants or corporations and were therefore not presented to journalists or in his annual public portfolio tasting.
For a great deal of background on this remarkable grower and his estate, I refer you to the introductions that accompanied my coverage of the 2014s and 2015s. In introducing the 2014s, I also explained Molitor’s unusual labeling conventions. To reiterate briefly, Molitor groups his Rieslings into three categories – dry-tasting; barely off-dry; perceptibly sweet – and I refer to the corresponding white capsules, green capsules or gold labels in order to make identification of any given wine easier and its style immediately evident. Nonetheless, whenever two wines are labeled with identical names while differing in their stylistic category and consequent color-coding, I also follow my usual convention of disambiguating via A.P. #. (Ordinarily, Molitor is able to arrange things so that any given combination of site and style receives the same A.P. # as it reappears from year to year.) Molitor’s stars reflect levels of ripeness within a given Prädikat or, in the case of non-Rieslings – which he labels without Prädikat – reflect concentration, extent of élevage and ostensible quality.” -David Schildknecht
Haus Klosterberg Pinot Blanc – I didn’t taste either of these Pinot Blancs…..
This could be an “exhibit A” type example of the virtues of juicy and refreshing Pinot blanc….David’s new ’16 review here below.
“Fresh apple is piquantly and pungently accented on the nose as well as the palate by lime zest and corn shoots, for a typical expression of Pinot Blanc. Typical, too, are flattering hints of almond and hazelnut as well as a lovely marriage of subtle textural creaminess with juicy, animating freshness that lasts into a lingering and appropriately wet-stone-kissed finish. The only respect in which this year’s offering fails to quite reach the exceptional price/complexity rapport of its finest predecessors is in the absence of the sweet-saline, scallop-like saliva-inducement of which Pinot Blanc – especially that of Molitor – is memorably capable. But perhaps some of that particular savor will emerge with some time in bottle. And make no mistake: even this least expensive of Molitor Pinot Blanc bottlings illustrates that misunderstood grape’s potential for extended cellaring. (For more about what distinguishes this Molitor bottling, consult my review of the 2015.)” 91 David Schildknecht
Pinot Blanc * – Again, I didn’t taste either of these Pinot Blancs…..In 2016, Markus made only two bottlings of Pinot blanc, which I suspect will raise the quality level of this “generic” one star example to even greater heights. It includes his best parcels of Pinot blanc that usually make it into vineyard designate *, **, and *** examples….so…….David’s new ’16 review is below.
“This year’s cask-raised “one-star” represents the sole bottling of Pinot Blanc that Molitor essayed over and beyond the intro-level “Haus Klosterberg.” As a result, the cuvée incorporates fruit of his choicest parcels in the Wehlener Klosterberg. But it also incorporates fruit from other sites – hence the lack of vineyard designation. (The amusing inscription on the label is “Einstern*” – the first time I have ever seen the word for “one-star” as well as the attendant star on a Molitor label.) The striking combination of textural creaminess with the juicy brightness of which Pinot Blanc is capable is well-illustrated, though the lime zest and corn shoot flavors already familiar from this year’s Haus Klosterberg are in this instance edging a bit closer to outright bitterness, reinforced by apple seed, and the creamy texture comes along with a hint of lactic flavor. The finish is impressively persistent and appropriately stone-lined. This will definitely merit following, not to mention employing at table as an illustration of Pinot Blanc’s versatile, too-little-recognized culinary talents.” 90 David Schildknecht
RIESLING: In the order I tasted them…..
White Capsule wines (dry): Now having tasted for myself, there is zero doubt that Molitor has, as Mosel Fine Wines puts it, “hit the bull’s eye in the dry category”. The Mosel is much more renowned for its fruity and wines, but the gorgeous purity and playfulness, as well as site typicity, of these dry 2016s are plain stunning. This reads like a crazy all-star team with many of the Mosel’s greatest sites…..go big, y’all!!! ALL ARE BETWEEN 10-10%% ALC, REMARKABLE THAT SUCH FLAVOR INTENSITY CAN BE ACHIEVED AT SUCH LOW ALCOHOL FOR DRY WINES.
Mosel Riesling Alte Reben – From an amalgam of sites from Ürzig to Wehlen, this sounds damn good….curiously enough, I didn’t taste this….
“Slightly reductive at first, this only gradually opens up to reveal ripe notes of fruits including yellow peach, apricot and strawberry. A touch of smoke and spices comes through with airing and adds depth to the nose. The wine is very delicate and superbly focused on the palate, where white flowers and herbs come through. It leaves a very long and zest infused feeling in the finish. This beautifully light and complex expression of dry Riesling only needs a few years of bottle aging to blend its elements and show its full potential. 2021-2031” 92 MFW
“Honeysuckle and lily-of-the-valley on the nose persist as alluring inner-mouth perfume, accompanied by fresh apple and an undertone of wet stone. The impression suggests a dominance of Zeltingen and Wehlen material over that from Ürzig. The feel is polished and the fruit rich, tinged with cardamom and nutmeg as well as saliva-liberating salinity, leading to a luscious, mouthwatering finish.” 91 David Schildknecht
Erdener Treppchen Kabinett – My note: “Gorgeous, classic aromas of super pure red slate spice and red fruits leads to a lovely sense of filigrée detail, all about finesse and delicacy rather than power. On the finish, there is fine, light minerality and the pure sustained echo of red fruits and spice. This is plain delicious….” A little * awarded here.
“This offers a gorgeously delicate and refined nose showing flowers, whipped cream, vineyard peach, some green herbs and aniseed spices. The wine is feather light, airy and remarkable complex on the palate. The finish is beautifully balanced, oth, and long. This great piece of dry Riesling is all about refinement. 2019-2031” 91 MFW
“Tangerine and coriander on the nose continue on a polished, delicate palate that’s a bit loose, but charmingly so in its easy enjoyment and consummate refreshment. Smoky, stony notes add delightful site-typical nuance to a finish that surprises with an animation and penetrating brightness that the midpalate impression had not led me to expect.” 90 David Schildknecht
Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett – My note: “Cooler, almost blue slated aromas of smoky yellow fruits (peach) lead to a more typical spicy red fruited palate, again all dancing in filigree detail. From upper slope vines with poorer soils, so you can sense the more slate driven qualities here. Again, pure class, and classic.” A little * awarded here.
“This is initially rather discreet and only slowly reveals notes of yellow peach, candied grapefruit, raspberry, white flowers and spices. The wine proves as light as a feather with however great aromatic intensity and a most attractive touch of passion fruit driven acidity on the palate. The delicious finish is intense, smoky and beautifully long. This elegant and light dry Riesling will gain in complexity with age and should prove a little beauty at maturity. 2021-2031” 92 MFW
“Here is a gorgeous example of delicacy allied to flavor intensity and luscious fruit allied to savory mineral notes. Scents of fresh strawberry and lime anticipate the brightly juicy impression on a polished, buoyant palate. Lily-of-the-valley and rowan waft throughout, casting a memorable floral spell. The sweet-saline savor of raw scallop tugs at the salivary glands on a superbly sustained finish. Bear in mind that we’re talking here about a dry Riesling (okay, perhaps legally halbtrocken – I neither checked nor cared) with only 10.5% alcohol!” 93 David Schildknecht
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett Fuder 6 – My note: “Broader, more complex multifaceted aromatics, white flowers, and yellow fruits. You can smell the dry extract/minerality to come. In the mouth, this presents an even more powerful impact, all built around an impressive core of dry extract. This is a tremendous, tremendous wine, almost the liquid definition of power meets grace. The Grand cru caliber of the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr is undeniable.” A little * awarded here.
“This delivers a gorgeous nose of apricot blossom, vineyard peach, candied grapefruit, mint, green herbs and whipped almond cream. The wine is finely creamy and smooth on the palate, where ample fruits including yellow peach drive the aromatic profile. This finish of this beautifully creamy yet dry Riesling shines through lightness and complexity. What a beauty! 2021-2031” 93 MFW
“Headily perfumed lily wreathes apple and nut oils on the nose as well as on a palate that is almost custardy in its combination of creaminess and sense of stuffing, yet alcoholically light. This finishes with clarity, buoyancy, infectious juiciness, and a mouthwatering hint of raw scallop. (“Fuder #6” is merely a nickname for Molitor’s annual wine from these old vines in this low-alcohol, dry-tasting style.)” 92 David Schildkecht
Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese – This one is a pet favorite of export manager Katharina Okfen, and it isn’t because of her last name….this was stunning…My note: “Cool, imploded mineral gray slate aromatics that are simply gorgeous. This has pinpoint precision and a stunning level of purity that is simply class in a glass. Apparently, this wine was sorted literally berry by berry, and this meticulous detail is not missed on this taster. Bravo!” A little * awarded here.
“Still quite restrained at first, this develops a most beautiful and complex nose of herbs, mint, vineyard peach, passion fruit sorbet, flowers and almond cream. The wine has great presence on the palate, and shines through precision and focus. Notes of grapefruit, lime and minty herbs add to the multidimensional side of this beautiful dry Riesling. The finish is ethereally light and refined. 2021-2031” 93 MFW
“Site-typical mint-laced lime and orange on the nose carry over to a brightly juicy, coolingly herb-inflected palate and correspondingly luscious finish. Here is another instance in the present collection where a flattering sense of substantiality and midpalate richness is allied to alcoholic levity.” 91 David Schildknecht
Graacher Domprobst Spätlese – Apparently, this was chosen as the “Wine of the Week” last week in Mosel Fine Wines, and has got the German market stirred up a bit….My note: “Broad, deep, bottom up animal, as is the Domprobst’s nature. A smoldering wine of bottom up power and precision, pure, lacy, and effortless. This has very good complexity, but is on this day, I prefer the Ock Bock and Erdener Treppchen Spats for their more universally appealing charms. I would reccommend this more so for intellectual tasters and perhaps for evolutionary potential.”
“This immediately catches one’s attention with an absolutely gorgeous and refined nose made of dried flowers, smoke, vineyard peach, pear, cassis, mint and almond. The wine is beautifully complex but delivers this with purity, finesse and lightness on the palate. There is enough dry extract to give the wine great structure and yet, at the same time, the finish is all about freshness and lightness as one is just left with flowers, smoke and almond in the after-taste. This beautiful dry Riesling is simply breathtakingly good. 2021-2036” 94 MFW
“Here is another of those gorgeously heady, florally perfumed noses that seem to abound among Molitor 2016s. Lily, rowan and heliotrope garland ripe apple and pecan, themes perfectly suited to this wine’s subtly creamy, expansive yet alcoholically buoyant palate impression. And for all of that creamy, nutty richness, the billowingly sustained finish is a model of sheer refreshment as well as of transparency to crystalline and stony nuances.” 94 David Schildknecht
Erdener Treppchen Spätlese – My note: “At once aromatically smokier and finer than the ET Kabi trocken. Not quite as fruity either, more fine and subtly complex. Then in the mouth, certainly the red fruited/spicy qualities of the Treppchen make themselves known, with stunning charm and delicacy. This is even more seamless than the Kabi trocken, and is just plain stunning, to my taste. Classic!! With continued aeration, the wine only continued to open….this is going to be a beaut!!” A little * awarded here.
“Quite fruity and spicy at first, this develops more complexity as it grows in the glass and notes of yellow peach, quince, smoke, green herbs, white mint and tar kick in. The wine proves ample, packed with fruits and shows quite some presence on the palate. Yet the finish is superbly fresh and long. This only needs a few years of cellaring in order to fully shine. 2021-2031” 92 MFW
“Lime and green apple make for less site-specific aromas and flavors than revealed by the corresponding Kabinett. But suggestions of crushed stone suffusion and mineral salts add interest and saliva-inducement to a lingering finish. Perhaps greater clarity and complexity will come with a couple of years in bottle. (Or perhaps the wine was having a relatively inexpressive day on the sole occasion when I tasted it. Molitor’s is one of the few addresses where one worries if a wine seems to merit “only 90 points”!)” 90 David Schildknecht
Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese – I didn’t get to taste this, but based on the performance of the rest of the white capsule range, this should be a knockout….
“Quite reductive at first, this only reluctantly reveals some ripe fruits including pineapple, passion fruit, yellow peach, greengage and a touch of mango packed into smoke and minty herbs on the nose at this early stage. The wine coats the palate with ample juicy and creamy fruits. Some cassis lurks in the background in the long and smooth finish, only waiting to come out at maturity. There is quite some upside here once the fresher side will have emerged over the coming years. 2023-2036” 92+ MFW
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese – My note: “Again, without hestiation or doubt, the Grand cru “special something” of the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr at its finest immediately presents itself on the nose, as though the other wines were in 3D, and this wine in 4D…..A broader, more complex, multifaceted aromatic spectrum of yellow fruits and almost purple flowers? This fills the senses in sperically expansive fashion, with weightless floating breadth and depth of all things fruit/floral/mineral. This is plain stunningly complex, and self-evidently class in a glass! BRAVO! ” A little * awarded here.
“This offers a superbly deep, complex and refined nose including dried flowers, whipped almond cream, a touch of smoke, vineyard peach, cassis and grapefruit. While fully present everything about this splendid nose is subtle and refined. The wine is superbly playful with a creamy and light texture and great complexity and finesse on the palate. The finish is breathtakingly long and pure, even if still slightly reduced at this early stage. But make no mistake, this is a great airy and dry Riesling in the making. 2023-2036” 94 MFW
“Apple blossom and heliotrope share aromatic billing with unanticipated intimations of sea breeze and fresh oyster. The mouthwatering palate impression is at once creamy and animatingly juicy, rich in apple and quince but also replete with saline, alkaline and nutty oyster-flesh notes. The superbly sustained finish offers full-throttle fruit, and the mineral and floral elements are beautifully integrated if not quite as strikingly evident as in this year’s corresponding Graacher Domprobst.” 93 David Schildknecht
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese ** My note: “WOWZERS. Class in a glass!! In aromatic purity and dazzling dimension, this illustrates, once again, the pinnacle level of quality in Molitor’s Zeltinger Sonnenuhr wines….this is self evident Grand cru class and complexity. In the mouth, this is a bit richer in body (as its Auslese must weight would logically infer), yet it is weightlessly filigrée and precise, with heart swooning charm, complexity, and finesse. As good as it gets! Bravo!!” A little * awarded here.
“This delivers a stunning nose of smoke, vineyard peach, candied grapefruit, pear, cassis, yellow flowers, anise and dried spices. The wine is delicate on the palate, where a most gorgeously juicy side is beautifully wrapped into a touch whipped cream. The finish is simply to die for: airy, delicate and above all superbly refined. What a great dry Riesling in the making! 2021-2036” 95 MFW
“Another Molitor 2016 featuring heady florality, this is both musky and suggestively sweet on the nose, channeling peony, narcissus and lily. A creamy, expansive palate offers deep, undulating layering of apple and pear fruit, piquant, smoky nut oils and liquid floral perfume. This finishes with a sensational combination of sheer length and transparency to subtle complexity, offering persistent creaminess yet animating juiciness.” 94 David Schildknecht
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese ** – This is one that I did not taste at the winery, nor offer on either of the first two go arounds….Seems like David thought it was one of the (many) highlights of the range…..sounds awesome!
“Rowan, heliotrope and apple blossom introduce a performance of flattering creaminess and luscious appley fruitiness perfectly complemented by persistently wafting floral perfume and undertones of almond paste and vanilla. There is a strikingly custardy combination of creaminess and density midpalate. Yet, for all of its soothing richness, this beauty finishes with an unexpectedly and impressively decisive note of wet stone as well as infectious, refreshing primary juiciness.” 94 David Schildknecht
Graacher Himmelreich Auslese *** – My note: WHOA. Aromatically, this one is arresting. The depth and power of the Graacher Himmelreich, rendered in bedazzling fashion. This is an example of power meets finesse that is clearly Grand cru class in a glass. The pricing is difficult, but on purely qualitative terms, a knockout. By far the class of the *** dry range (the others I didn’t care for so much, and haven’t included them).”
“This immediately catches one’s attention as delicately spicy elements give way to subtly multi-layered scents of candied grapefruit, tangerine, cassis and violet on the nose. The wine shows stunning lightness on the palate, yet is packed with complexity, intensity and freshness. It develops great presence and depth in the hugely long and superbly delineated finish. This is a mind-blowingly good dry Riesling in the making! 2021-2036” 96 MFW
Green Capsule wines (off-dry aka feinherb): The playfulness and versatility of the under represented feinherb category of wines is one that I adore…..the charm factor is undeniable….! The versatility, the CHARM!
Okfener Bockstein Kabinett – This is one that I added late to my lineup, so many of you have likely not seen this offered yet…..the Green capsule wines are the definition of charm…….
“Orange and orange blossom, mint and elder flower waft fragrantly from the glass. This beauty comes to the palate with infectious juiciness of orange and lime, heady inner-mouth perfume, and a seductively silken feel. Undertones of raw almond and wet stone add further interest to an impeccably poised, consummately refreshing, exuberantly persistent finish. In its levity and animating energy, this precisely captures Kabinett virtues. Its mere hint of sweetness is ideally supportive and conducive to culinary versatility. Not a bit more residual sugar is needed. No wonder Molitor has been eager to make major inroads into the Bockstein. I’m beginning to better understand why this Saar site – or, at least, its best portions – were traditionally second in reputation only to the Scharzhofberg. (I returned to this wine repeatedly, thinking that I must have overrated it – but no.)” 94 David Schildknecht
Bernkasteller Badstube Kabinett – I didn’t taste this…..
“This offers a beautiful nose made of pear, white peach, laurel, thyme and smoky slate. Finely sizzled peach and minerals make for a
balanced feel on the palate. The finish is still very much work in progress but this should prove a beautiful off-dry wine with a few years of bottle aging. 2021-2036” 91+ MFW
Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett – My note: “(9% alc) Wowie zowie. Charm your face off…..the aromatics of smoky mineral reduction and pure yellor fruits are my cup of tea and then some. Then in the mouth, the kiss of sweetness is all charm leading to dancing filigrée delicacy and finesse, with a light citrus pith bitterness that adds complexity, with a core of light minerality leaving my mouth watering. Lovely lovely lovely lovely sauce!! ” A little * awarded here.
“This offers a beautiful nose of cassis, grapefruit, herbs, white flowers and fine spices. The wine is silky yet delicately zesty on the palate. Canned yellow peach, zesty grapefruit and fine aniseed herbs come through and add depth to the long and nicely focused finish. The after-taste is persistent, with nicely integrated ripe acidity and smooth herbal and fruity flavors. 2021-2036” 92 MFW
“Ripe apple mingles with iris, sea breeze and wet stone on a haunting nose. The polished, delicate palate is energetically bright and infectiously juicy, its apple and lime marrying with mouthwatering salinity on a refreshingly sustained, barely off-dry finish.” 92 David Schildknecht
Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett – “(9.5% alc) LOVELY. Tiny red fruits and spice, dancing in precision and delicacy…I hate to be a broken record, but this is sooooo arresting lovely, with refreshment and sighs guaranteed. For an everyday Mosel wine chock full of the signature charms of the Urziger Würzgarten (and the Mosel itself), an absolute no brainer. ” A little * awarded here.
“This offers an attractive nose made of pear, strawberry, Provence herbs and fine spices. The wine is gorgeously playful on the medium-bodied palate and leaves a nice and juicy feel in the airy and feather-light finish. This is plain gorgeous. 2021-2036” 92 MFW
“Kiwi, strawberry and lime on the nose anticipate the juicy profusion on a buoyant, silken palate. Nips of cress, piquancy of lime zest and crunch of fruit seeds combine for intense invigoration on a refreshingly sustained finish. There is a lovely sense of transparency to crystalline, stony and subtly smoky nuances.” 92 David Schildknecht
Bernkasteller Badstube Spätlese – I didn’t taste this…..
“This offers a refreshing nose of white peach, gooseberry, passion fruit, raspberry, mango and delicately earthy spices. The wine is beautifully playful and elegant on the medium-bodied and fabulously refined palate. The finish is elegant, playful and nicely multi-layered. This model of finesse will please lovers of off-dry Riesling which combine presence and elegance. 2021-2036” 93 MFW
“Rowan, honeysuckle, heliotrope, mint and Bing cherry mingle on a heady nose, and the palate impression – at once creamy and animatingly juicy – billows with inner-mouth perfume. The finish here is remarkable not only for sheer lusciously fruity persistence but for perpetuating the sense that one is inhaling floral perfume and cooling green herbal essences. Here is another instance among Molitor green capsule bottlings where residual sugar is ideally judged to support a prominently fruity and floral character while generating only a very discreet sense of sweetness.” 92 David Schildknecht
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** – My note: “(11.5% alc) GOOD GOD!! F’in gorgeous. Holy holy moly this is soooo knockout good, dynamic, and self evidently classy. The only thing to reproach is the price, but man oh man, an essence of dynamic lovely sauce and then some. If price were no object, i’d get a bunch of this…..”. A little * awarded here.
“This wine exhibits a beautiful nose of grapefruit, canned peach, dried herbs and earthy spices. It develops quite some presence on the mineral and fruity palate. Succulent yellow peach leads to a beautifully pure and multi-layered finish. 2021-2036” 92-95 MFW
Graacher Himmelreich Auslese *** – Another one that I didn’t taste nor offer the first few times around, I can only imagine based on David’s impression the knee buckling charm that awaits lucky and well-heeled tasters….
“This “three-star” Auslese leads with intense scents of rowan and heliotrope along with ripe, pit-inflected white peach that anticipates the lusciously juicy and stimulatingly piquant impression on a buoyant, creamy, persistently perfumed palate. Hints of caramel and quince jelly on the superbly sustained finish point toward a discreet but noble botrytis component. Here is a memorable balance of subtle sweetness and piquancy as well as of textural richness and primary juiciness.” 95 David Schildknecht
Gold Capsule wines (prädikat wines, fruity wines) : Swoon worthy Mosel majesty, in all of its charming fruity glory!!! I am thrilled to be able to offer “best of” caliber wines from Zeltingen and Ürzig/Erden, two of the middle Mosel’s greatest villages that have managed to escape my range of producers represented for far too long…..with a bit of patience, things couldn’t have worked out any better….!!! GO BIG, MOSEL LOVERS!!!!
Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett – My note: “(7.5% alc) Charm your face off, classic Urz Würz….Spice spice is oh so nice, with citrus zest on the nose. Then crazy pure and delicate in the mouth. Simply put, this is a wine of tremendous JOY! ;0 ” A little * awarded here.
“A sumptuous and delicious nose made of whipped cream, yellow peach, cassis, raspberry, candied mango and spices leads to an Auslese styled wine with juicy cream and ample juicy fruits on the palate. The wine is animating, smooth and delicate in the very long and juicy finish. This is quite superb in a comparatively rich but no less satisfying style for the category. 2026-2046” 93 MFW
“A chive-like remnant of fermentative and sulfur notes largely clears with aeration to reveal site-typical scents of fresh strawberry and lime that anticipate the brightly juicy impression on a polished, subtly silken palate. Alkaline and stony accents add welcome counterpoint on a lusciously sustained finish.” 92 David Schildknecht
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett – My note: “Classic blue slated filigree Wehlener Sonnenuhr aromatically, then echoed in the mouth with more of a Spätlese level of body. With a bit more air, the tension and filigrée detail is given greater shape along its driving mineral core. This is beautiful WS….”.
“This delivers an absolutely gorgeous nose of grapefruit, tangerine, white and yellow peach, almond cream, brown sugar, and orange. Juicy fruits are wrapped into a creamy and smooth texture on the palate, giving this beautifully refined wine Spätlese presence. The finish is beautifully light and elegant. This is a superb fruity-styled Riesling in the making! 2026-2041” 93 MFW
“Texturally creamy, delightfully delicate and unapologetically sweet, this opens with an unexpectedly heady nose for Kabinett, suggesting heliotrope, rowan, linden and decadent lily. Luscious apple, pear and Persian melon are wreathed in perfume and tinged with salt on the palate, leading to a soothing, mouthwateringly sustained finish.” 93 David Schildknecht
Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese – My note: “This is even deeper and stonier aromatically than the Kabi, sort of an amplified version of the Kabi’s red fruits and spice, with more minerality/dry extract. This is a knockout, and classic Urz Wurz at its best.” A little * awarded here.
“Notes of anise and spices are quickly joined by yellow peach, quince, strawberry puree, honey and smoke. The wine has the presence of an Auslese GK on the palate, as the juicy and apricot driven fruits are well wrapped into great candied zesty fruits. The finish is superbly refined and well delineated. This is a superb fruity Riesling in the making, which plays on finesse and elegance. 2026-2046” 93 MFW
“Strawberry, kiwi and lime are garlanded with honeysuckle on the nose, then come to the palate with an alluringly sherbet-like combination of creaminess and juicy refreshment, unabashed sweetness and animating tang. Suggestions of quince and Persian melon point to advanced ripeness and perhaps a very slight influence of botrytis, but the lingering finish remains admirably fresh.” 92 David Schildknecht
Zeltinger Schlossberg Spätlese – I didn’t get to taste this, but based on the performance of literally every single Zeltingen wine…..I would hesitate not…..
“Quite reductive at first, this only slowly reveals beautiful scents of canned yellow peach, quince, apricot, smoke and candied grapefruit on the nose. The wine has good acidity, which is however slightly overpowered by ample juicy cream and quite some residual sugar at the early stage. This smooth, Auslese-styled Riesling will need extensive cellaring in order to integrate its mid-palate richness and finds a gorgeous inner balance. 2026-2046” 93 MFW
“An effusively fruity nose featuring ripe pear, Persian melon and lychee sets the themes for a creamy, luscious, unabashedly sweet midpalate performance. Cinnamon and nutmeg accents add to the allure of a finish that is at once soothing and stimulating and displays admirable and unexpected transparency to stony and liquidly floral nuances.” 93 David Schildknecht
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese – I didn’t offer this the first time around. That was a mistake…..My note: “WHOA, self evident Grand cru class!!! Aromatically dazzling in dimension and compexity, again as if it were in 4D….In the mouth, there is gorgeous purity and a sense of silken seamless structure. Plain beauuuuutttiiiiffull….! Bravo!” A little * awarded here.
Zeltinger Schlossberg Auslese * – My note: “WOW. In precision and delicacy, this is incredibly weightless for such a powerful wine, with all that one could want in its complexity and dynamism. This has a noteworthy level of lingering salty minerality to accompany its luscious exotic fruits. Any which way you slice it, this is crazy, crazy good, and a plain bargain for the money. BRAVO!” A little * awarded here. Fwiw, very very little botrytis here (5-10%).
“This is still quite strongly reduced at first, and hints at (more than exhibits) superb notes of greengage, passion fruit, yellow and white peach, orange, mint, and smoke. The wine has great presence on the palate. Quite some juicy exotic fruits join the party and add an extra dimension to this already very complex wine. The wine is delicate, smooth and stunningly long, and leaves one with a great sense of candied fruits in the after-taste. What a glorious Auslese in the making! 2026-2046” 95 MFW
“Honeysuckle, heliotrope and brown spices on the nose of this “one-star” Auslese go on to accent ripe apple on a silken, plush palate. Site-typical smoky, ashen notes along with an undertone of wet stone offer contrast and counterpoint while fresh apple juiciness supplies animation on an otherwise very rich, enveloping, liquidly floral finish.” 93 David Schildknecht
Ockfener Bockstein Auslese ** – I didn’t offer this one the first time around….after tasting it, I am….”In typical cool, Saar/Ock Bock fashion, this is all about its cool, imploded mineral sense, all on filigrée detail. This is plain classy as F. Cool is as cool does…” A little * star awarded here. Again, very very little botrytis (5-10%).
“Candied orange peel and liqueur-like green herbal essences on the nose put me in mind of mingling triple sec and Chartreuse. A creamy, glycerol-rich palate betrays a hint of noble botrytis in its evocation of honey, and the superbly sustained finish memorably combines candied orange peel, crystallized ginger and herbal liqueur with an exuberant, juicy evocation of fresh orange and grapefruit.” 94 David Schildknecht
Saarburger Rausch Auslese *** – I didn’t offer this on the first go around but….My note: “Hot damn this is good. In power and depth with intense high levels of dry extract/minerality, and salty/smoky notes to accompany its tropicals, this is classic and dynamic Rausch at its best. Delicious.” A little * awarded here.
“This “three-star” Auslese is the sole Molitor 2016 to showcase the Saarburger Rausch. Pear, fresh cherry, candied lime peel and crystallized ginger inform a penetratingly perfumed and luscious performance, with a Saarburg-typical dusty, smoky note offering welcome counterpoint and a hint of vanilla reinforcing the impression of richness on a superbly sustained finish.” 93 David Schildknecht
Kinheimer Hubertslay Auslese *** – I didn’t offer this on the first go around, and although the price is tough (like all of the *** wines here…particularly in light of how good and less expensive the non *** wines are….), the raw quality is undeniable. From Markus’ home village of Kinheim, this is awesome. My note: “Beautiful aromatics of soaring florals, quite self-evidently classy. In the mouth, it has a powerfully rich presence that is then rendered weightless and salty with a very good sense of mineral cut/precision. Sort of reminiscent of Katharina Prum’s style of Wehelener Sonnenuhr, all on filigrée elegance and blue slated fruit/mineral power. This is outstanding.” A little * awarded here.
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** – I didn’t get to taste this one, but based on everything else Zeltinger, this has to be a humdinger and then some. If you can afford such nectars, good for you……!
“This offers a quite fruit-driven and aromatic nose which includes pineapple, canned yellow peach, grapefruit, almond cream, and a touch of toffee. The wine coats the palate with juicy creamy, almond and spices and leaves one with a great sense of energy and intensity in the very long and impressive finish. What a breathtaking effort. 2020-2026+” 94+ MFW
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese *** – “More tropical aromatically in sigh enducing fashion, with this sense of tropical lusciousness echoed in the mouth, then wonderfully weightless and filigrée with an outstanding sense defintion and poise. Class in a lovely sweet glass!”. A little * awarded here.
“This delivers an absolutely stunning and complex nose made of yellow peach, pineapple, tangerine and whipped cream, pepped up by refreshing minty and floral elements. The wine develops the beautifully creamy and juicy side of a great “lange GK” Auslese and delivers great presence in the big and hugely long finish. 2026-2046” 94 MFW
Brauneberger Mandelgraben Riesling Eiswein – Both of the Eisweins are heart swooning, essence of the nectar of the gods good…..if you have never had great Eiswein, or if you have and love great Eiswein, this is not to be missed.
“The 2016er Brauneberger Mandelgraben Riesling Eiswein is the result of the second fraction of pressing of fruit harvested on December 5 (exhibiting 130° Oechsle). It offers a beautifully expressive and clean nose of elderflower, cassis, gooseberry, pink grapefruit, lime and cherry. The wine has great presence and freshness on the palate where juicy candied exotic fruits are beautifully wrapped into fresh citrusy fruits. The length in the finish of this stunning Eiswein seems endless. This is a stunner in the making. 2024-2036+” 98 MFW
“This represents the second half of juice pressed from a late November picking. Apple jelly, quince preserves and glazed pineapple are laced with marzipan and caramel on an effusive nose and a viscous, glycerol-rich palate. This wine’s acidity doesn’t show up as brightness, but it is clearly efficacious, since a boatload of residual sugar is kept in check, and the prodigious finish comes off as soothing, multilayered, and transparent to hints of brown spices and candied lime peel that add welcome counterpoint. “I used to employ folio more often to protect the fruit while hoping for Eiswein,” noted Molitor, “but I’m not keen on that anymore because it traps humidity and creates a hothouse-like atmosphere.” Certainly the absence here of any fungal notes or diffusion is notable, not to mention laudable.” 93 David Schildknecht
SPÄTBURGUNDER (PINOT NOIR) – Apparently, all of the Pinot Noir clones are from Chambolle Musigny……
2014 Brauneberger Mandelgraben *
“On the nose, this “one-star” offering strikes a lovely balance between meat stock and fresh red cherry. Hints of wet stone and sea breeze anticipate the underlying mineral elements that complement this silken Pinot Noir’s rich fruit and deep meaty savor. Smoky peat accents and hints of coriander and rose hip, along with a sweet-saline, iodine-tinged suggestion of shrimp-shell reduction, add to the mouthwatering appeal of a succulently sustained finish. Molitor himself – not to mention German Pinot growers generally – can take a lesson from the less-is-more approach to vinification and upbringing that this beauty epitomizes. Absence of woody interference or of excessive winemaking effort results in transparency to myriad, delightful details.” 91 David Schildknecht
2014 Brauneberger Klostergarten **
“Predictably, on the nose this “two-star” offering is more sweetly ripe than its “one-star” sibling. Cherry and strawberry mingle with mouthwateringly savory veal stock, and hints of toasty, resinous oak are well-integrated, allowing for a plush feel unperturbed by tannins and a finish that is juicily sustained. Hints of coriander seed and dried marjoram add interest. But the transparency to multiple mineral nuances that made the “one-star” memorable is missing here. In vintage 2013, this bottling had been by far the more impressive wine, but perhaps it lies at least partly in the nature of the 2014 vintage that a lighter touch has been more successful.” 90 David Schildknecht
2014 Trarbacher Schlossberg ** – When I asked Katharina which of the Pinot Noirs are her favorite, she unhesitatingly mentiond this wine. From the steeps of Trarbach, this is the first Pinot Noir that Markus ever made, as he has always been attracted to the majestic and inimitable steepest sites of the Mosel. She gave me a bottle of the 2011 which I drank with my wife and another couple, and we were all beyond impressed with the complexity and finesse of the wine. There is no doubt, this is a reference point good quality that any curious Burgundy/Pinot Noir lover should check out!!!!
“At the extreme southern tip of the meandering Schlossberg Einzellage, just below the Ungsberg, sits Markus Molitor’s original Pinot Noir vineyard – the source of numerous memorable and remarkably ageworthy reds. This steep parcel is seriously threatened by erosion and its diminutive size as well as its secluded, woodsy location distant from any other Molitor holdings have contributed to a precarious status in his lineup, with several recent vintages having either failed to support separate upbringing or succumbed to pests ranging from fungal to hooved. So it’s heartening to witness a new vintage, and this one lives up to a reputation for highly distinctive excellence that one won’t mistake for that of a Molitor Pinot from Brauneberg or Graach. Fresh sour cherry and rhubarb are accented with coriander seed, rose hip and smoky black tea in a pungent aromatic mélange and on a bright, lively, polished palate. An elusive, musky animal note adds intrigue, accompanied by a deep, mouthwateringly meaty savor. Hints of toasted oak in no way stiffen or dry a finish that manages to deliver virtually white-wine-like refreshment without any loss of richness or (fine-grained) tannic structure.” 93 David Schildknecht
2011 Trarbacher Schlossberg ** – I tried this wine à table with four of us, and we were all plain blown away by its gorgeous textural allure and red fruited savor. As the last glass was being poured, we all wished there was more, as it was just getting started! I am delighted to be able to offer this…..Any Burgundy/Pinot Noir lovers owe themselves a few of these!!! You will thank me!
AND……as if that weren’t enough, i’ve also lined up a small parcel of their library releases from the hangtime vintage to end all hangtime vintages, 2007:
White Capsule (dry):
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Auslese **
Green Capsule (off-dry, aka feinherb)
Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese
Gold Capsule (fruity, aka sweet):
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spatlese
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Auslese **
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese **
THAAAR SHE BLOWS, MAITEY!!!
I have tried, tried, and tried again to get your attention, trying to help you help yourself in cherry picker, insider fashion…..
I am thrilled to finally bring a faithful representation of the breadth of Markus’ work to a US audience, with this being the first step in a long road before us……wine lovers of every ilk owe it to themselves to see what they have been missing!!!
CHEERS TO TEAM MOLITOR, PASSIONATE AMBASSADORS FOR THE SINGULAR GREATNESS OF THE MOSEL’S STEEPS!! TO THE FILIGREE DELICACY OF 2016!!!