2011 Zilliken Rausch Riesling Kabinett


John Gilman: 94+/100
Gault Millau: 92/100
Wine Advocate: 91/100
Mosel Fine Wines: 91/100

This is as good a bottle of Kabinett as I tasted on the entire trip!”



Professional reviews:

John Gilman (View from the Cellar): “The 2011 Rausch Kabinett is every bit as beautiful as the version from the Bockstein vineyard. The deep and utterly refined nose jumps from the glass in a blaze of mandarin orange, lemon, complex slate tones, sea salts, lilacs, smoke and plenty of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and wonderfully filigreed, with stunning intensity of flavor, a fine core, laser-like focus and outstanding length and grip on the ethereal and seamless finish. This is as good a bottle of Kabinett as I tasted on the entire trip! 2014-2035.” 94+/100 pts

Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “The Zilliken 2011 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinett originated with Rausch musts higher in both sugar and acid than those that informed the corresponding -village- Kabinett; and indeed, fruit here has shifted into a tropical spectrum of mango, pink grapefruit and Persian melon. Delicate and luscious – with understated notes of wet stone and smoky black tea smokiness – this makes an overall impression more caressing than stimulating. -It-s the winter Kabinett while the other Saarburger is the summer Kabinett,- suggests the wines- author. I imagine that this, too, will merit following through at least 2030.” 90/100 pts

Gault Millau: “Sublime Note von Limetten und Rosmarin, Feinheit und Brillianz, schwebend und kristallklar tänzelnd, hochklassiger Kabinett, wie er sein sollte” 92/100 pts

Mosel Fine Wines (David Rayer & Jean Fisch): “This starts off by offering some green but not unripe flavors of fruits, smoke and bergamot. It then develops a more exotic side, with some pineapple and a touch of mango. The juicy, fruity and creamy feel on the palate is clearly of Spätlese ripeness here, but this is balanced by good zesty and pure acidity in the long finish. 2016-2026” 91/100 pts

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