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2011 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Rausch Riesling Kabinett

John Gilman: 94+/100pts

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Wine Advocate: "Review by David Schildknecht # 209 (Oct 2013) Rating: 90 Drink 2013 - 2030

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.

Hanno and Dorothee Zilliken could truly glory in a 2011 harvest whose lowest must weight material was already legally Auslese, thanks to their having managed, despite that fact, to render many wines of genuine delicacy, and absolutely none in which levels of either alcohol or residual sugar became problematic. Mind you, when it comes to residual sugar, I can-t offhand recall wines from any vintage at this estate that seemed overly-sweet, so uncanny and hence storied has been Hanno Zilliken-s knack for showcasing Riesling-s talent at hiding sugar. But he was quite correct when he predicted, -You will be astonished to discover that we managed to render Saarburg Riesling trocken of just 11% alcohol.- That this is indeed consistent with Auslese-level must weights is simply a matter of math and chemistry, but sadly one seldom witnesses it. -We-ve never bottled so much dry wine,- notes Zilliken of his 2011 collection as a whole, -but the conditions were perfect for it.- Picking began on the 4th of that month, as soon as a hot spell had relented, and concluding October 25. In view of the enormous number of botrytis bottlings associated with this vintage, not to mention with past performances of this estate, their absence from the 2011 Zilliken collection initially seems remarkable. But in light of the mixed 2011 results displayed in this genre even at many of Germany-s top Riesling addresses, Hanno Zilliken-s narrative renders that absence understandable. -We started searching and selecting for botrytis,- he explains, -but the material was far from homogeneous, and we just didn-t find the precision for which we look. Already in August we had wasps, and in early September the berries began pressing against one another in the compact bunches on younger vines. It was a hard decision, but I want to be able to sleep easily at night, and finally I decided: -We-re not accepting one single brown berry; only golden shriveled berries.-- Given both the stylistic range of this uniformly successful collection, I found it hard to believe that all of it was bottled already in late March and early April following harvest. Incidentally, although since 2009 - in keeping with VDP strictures and models - Zillikens have bottled numerous wines without the -Rausch- vineyard-designation, all of their non-Ockfen wines, in fact, now officially grow in that site, since the two adjacent Einzellagen - Antoniusbrunnen and Begschlosschen - in which Zilliken had minimal holdings were mustered out two years ago and their acreage subsumed under -Rausch.- (Details on recent changes in labeling at this estate and be found in part in my introduction in Issue 199, and otherwise within the relevant tasting notes comprising this report.)"

Gault Millau: "Sublime Note von Limetten und Rosmarin, Feinheit und Brillianz, schwebend und kristallklar tänzelnd, hochklassiger Kabinett, wie er sein sollte" 92 Punkte

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+."

Mosel fine wines: "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" 91/100Pts