Dominik Mueller

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2018 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (Goldkapsel)

Tasting note

The 2018 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett (Goldkapsel) is just lots of fun: Molitor Kabinett Rieslings are amongst my favourites, and the Ürziger Würzgarten in particular is one of my goto Mosel vineyards. The clue is in the name: Wines from the “spice garden” benefit from the red volcanic stones that can be found here, revealing delicate spices that go well with the freshness of German Riesling and the sweetness of a Kabinett. Although Molitor bottled this wine as a “Goldkapsel” Riesling, I’d say the wine is more off-dry than full-on sweet. Very fresh on perfectly integrated acidity, minerality, fragrant herbs and sweet yellow fruits. Don’t mistake this for a dessert wine. It will pair well with grilled fish dishes, cheeses, slightly spicy Asian food or even a grilled steak. Yummy! Enjoyable now, but promises even greater drinking pleasure in the next 10 to 20 years. DM93+.

Drink from 2022 through 2042.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 7 November 2022.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
93Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM93 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.5 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' 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 WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

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: 2018
Colour:white
Style:still (off-dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Riesling
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Producer:Markus Molitor
Country:Germany
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:n/a
Vineyard:Ürziger Würzgarten
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