Vinous (Joel Payne): “Sublime aromas of cling peach, passion fruit and wild herbs. Rich, deep, velvety passion fruit is enlivened by an elegant acid backbone that gives the wine poise. Finishes very long and aristocratic.
If there were, as the Romans often claimed, a primus inter pares in every discipline, the first among equals on the Nahe would have to be Werner Schonleber. Helmut Donnhoff is the established leader and Tim Frohlich the rising star, but this estate is often without peer over the width and depth of its portfolio, from dry and off-dry to the sublime beerenauslese of the 2011 range. True to the red slate of his Fruhlingsplatzchen and blue slate in the Halenberg site, Schonleber crafts rieslings of breathtaking character year after year. Four were in my various “top ten” lists this year and there is nary a wine he made that I would not enjoy having in my cellar.” 92/100 pts
Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “The Emrich-Schonleber 2011 Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzchen Riesling Spatlese delivers scents and lusciously juicy palate evocations of quince, mango, musk melon, and mirabelle, deriving welcome counterpoint from subtly-tart and piquant suggestions of fruit skin, toasted nuts and fruit pit. There is an even more obvious sense of levity here than in the corresponding (generically-labeled) Kabinett, despite the wine’s sense of expansiveness, subtle creaminess and textural plushness. (Dissolved CO2 plays one role in engendering liveliness.) This Riesling of impeccably balanced sweetness finishes with both soothing and subtly stimulating persistence. As Frank Schonleber points out, it is much easier to render a Mosel-style, unabashedly sweet Spatlese in a year like 2010 than in 2011, when in fact in his words ‘it was damned hard.’ This one should remain lovely for at least the better part of a decade.” 91/100 pts