Dominik Mueller

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2014 J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken Alte Reben

Tasting note

2014 J.B. Becker Wallufer Walkenberg Kabinett trocken Alte Reben

Strong lemon yellow, tending towards golden yellow. Intense, very interesting nose. Predominantly mature aromas. Honey, flowers, preserved lemon, mirabelle plum, ginger. This is impressively different. Slender and fresh mouthfeel. Bone dry. High acidity, but with strength and pull on the palate: lemon, peach, spicy ginger, yeast. Plenty of extraction. This is challenging, not a Riesling for beginners, but a lot of fun! The Kabinett lingers long and salty on the tongue. Oh yes, did I say Kabinett? It feels more like a Spätlese ("late harvest"). Perhaps that's because Hajo Becker didn't harvest a Spätlese this year. This means that in 2014, the higher qualities probably also flowed into the Kabinett.

Drink from 2024 through 2039.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
94Wines rated DM94 to DM96 bear witness to the fascinatingly successful combination of grapes, terroir and craftsmanship at the highest level. They are obviously an absolute pleasure to drink, perfectly balanced, and they offer a high level of complexity as they seemlessly combine primary, secondary and often tertiary aromas. This makes them a great experience for every wine connoisseur. In WSET terms, wines with a DM94 rating tend to be at the upper scale of a 3.5 WSET rating.
/ 100
WSET:
4.0Wines with a 4.0 WSET rating are exceptional wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a top WSET score of 4.0 get at least 95 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
5Wines with a rating of 5 stars are truly outstanding achievements. They stand proudly at the very top of their peer group.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2014
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:J.B. Becker
Country:Germany
Region:Rheingau
Subregion:Steinmächer
Appellation:n/a
Vineyard:Wallufer Walkenberg
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