Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Riesling Kabinett 2021 Rheingau


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The 2021 Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Riesling Kabinett is again a fascinating effort from the upper, shallow and often early-ripening part of the grand cru and the cooler, west-facing, late-ripening part. One-third vinified in large oak that has never seen malolactic fermentation and two-thirds in stainless steel tanks, this is a fascinating Kabinett with a clear, coolish, fresh and piquant bouquet and a mouth-tickling character on the juicy, elegant and fruity-grippy palate. The finish is highly stimulating even at this young age. I also like this edgy, unrefined and spontaneous, frank and frisky character of this Kabinett that was bottled with 11% stated alcohol and 24 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is so stimulatingly salty and grippy that it's hard to share the bottle if there isn't a second one. 11% stated alcohol.

(93 pts Robert Parker, 94 pts James Suckling)

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Producer Information: Schloss Johannisberger

The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Planted solely with Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world's first Riesling Estate and plays a significant part in wine history. It was here in 1775 that the Spätlese quality was discovered using late picked grapes suffering from "noble rot". Following this discovery, in 1787 the estate gave Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese to the wine world.

Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that does not have to display a village name on the label.

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