2013  Weingut Vols Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett
A Riesling Sweet  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 91
Drink 2015 - 2028
Cost: $0
 
The 2013 Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett was sourced from ripe and healthy 84° oechsle grapes and displays fully ripe and intense pineapple flavors and other yellow-fleshed aromas and is remarkably less cool and stony on the nose than the Wiltinger Kabinett. Nicely juicy but still very clear and elegant on the palate, this is a lush and sensual but also piquant Kabinett that many Riesling fans would favor to the more freaky/flinty/tension-filled Wiltinger Kupp. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2012  Weingut Vols Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 91
Drink 2015 - 2021
Cost: $0
 
Clear, fresh, pure and delicate on the nose, the 2013 Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett is a light-footed, very clear, elegant, sweet, piquant and sappy Riesling with loads of finesse. Or in just a few words: a very delicate Kabinett. Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Ayler Kupp Riesling Spatlese
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 92
Drink 2020 - 2030
Cost: $0
 
Picked the end of October (almost the finish of the 2013 harvest), with 93/94° oechsle, the 2013 Ayler Kupp Riesling Spätlese offers a very clear, fresh and precise characteristic aroma of bright and piquant white fruits which lead to a racy, very elegant, well-balanced wine with a lingering salinity. The 52 grams of residual sugar are completely integrated and the piquant character of the site still shines through. Very young and still searing, but with great aging potential. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2012  Weingut Vols Ayler Kupp Riesling Spatlese
A Riesling Sweet  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 92
Drink 2020 - 2035
Cost: $0
 
According to Helmut Plunien, the 2012 Ayler Kupp Riesling Spatlese was harvested ten days after the Kabinett "when the berries had more ripeness and intensity also due to 20% botrytis." (The healthy grapes, however, were kept on the vines for a third selection for the Spätlese trocken, which I did not taste unfortunately). Bottled with 9.5% alcohol and 50 grams of residual sugar, the wine offers a bright white fruit aroma along with floral notes on the nose leading to a lovely, pure, elegant, spicy and racy untamed, but full-of-character palate with intense fruit. The finish is quite complex, though less dramatic than that of the more mineral Wiltinger Kupp Kabinett. Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Ayler Riesling Feinherb
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 90
Drink 2015 - 2021
Cost: $0
 
Bright yellow, the 9.7% alcohol 2013 Ayler Riesling feinherb offers a very clear, delicate, slate and bright fruit aromas that does not exhibit any green aromas, but is still reductive due to its long lees contact. However, the bouquet opens quickly in the glass. Medium-bodied, this lovely juicy, lush and fruity Riesling from Ayler top sites is perfectly balanced on the palate and through 23 grams of residual sugar, which rounds up the characteristically lingering salty minerality and makes this delicious 2013 already lovely to drink. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Saar Riesling Feinherb
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , , Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 88
Drink 2015 - 2019
Cost: $0
 
From Ayler and Wiltinger vineyards, which are less than 20 years old and where the grapes were harvested with moderate 82° oechsle. The 2013 Saar Riesling Feinherb was chaptalized to get its 9.5% plus 20 grams of residual sugar, which gives it a good fruity and juicy mid-palate. Very clear on the nose where slate aromas are intermixed with ripe peach aromas. Very elegant and already with character. A lovely wine to start with. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Schonfels Riesling Spatlese
A Riesling Sweet  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 93
Drink 2023 - 2040
Cost: $0
 
Reductive but cool, clear and flinty on the nose where discreet lime and honey flavors intermix with ripe and shortly stewed apples, the 2013 Schonfels Spätlese from 60+-year-old vines (of which 10,000 sticks were planted on one hectare) is a full-bodied, complex, demanding, though juicy, very elegant and lovely balanced and piquant Spätlese with great finesse and elegance. The acidity is finer here, everything seems more noble and elegant compared to the Kupp Spätlese, which is sourced from the vines around this special vineyard that became part of the Ayler Kupp in 1971 before it was recently redefined as a single vineyard. Bottled with 9.5% alcohol, 50 grams of residual sugar and 9.5 grams of acidity, the wine has everything for a great development on the bottle. Keep it for 10 years and then enjoy over 15 or maybe 20 years. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Wiltinger Kupp Riesling Kabinett
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Upper Mosel, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 93
Drink 2015 - 2028
Cost: $0
 
Very clear, mineral and almost dry on the limey nose, the 2013 Wiltinger Kupp Kabinett is a coolish and really precise Riesling with pineapple flavors on the nose. Light but full-flavored, complex and provided with a lovely intensity and 45 grams of residual sugar, of which you would only think of if it was not there. This is a filigreed, lovely mineral and stimulating Riesling and one of the most fascinating Kabinett wines I have tasted at least on the Saar. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2012  Weingut Vols Wiltinger Kupp Riesling Kabinett
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 92
Drink 2018 - 2027
Cost: $0
 
The 2012 Wiltinger Kupp Riesling Kabinett reveals an untamed bouquet with herbal and flinty notes, where iron flavors intertwine with ripe tropical fruit, but also with refreshing citrus aromas. Intense and full of character, well-structured and complex on the palate, this expressive Riesling is still characterized by fermentation aromas, but has excellent aging potential. Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Wiltinger Riesling Kabinett
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Wiltingen, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 91
Drink 2015 - 2023
Cost: $0
 
The higher ripeness in the Wiltinger Klosterberg and Rosenberg make Plunien bottle his Wiltinger village wine as "natural" Kabinett instead of Qualitätswein, which is allowed to be chaptalized. The 2013 Wiltinger Riesling Kabinett contains 34 grams of residual sugar and 10 grams of acidity and is a full-flavored, clear and spicy-mineral Saar Riesling with a lush, juicy, very elegant and creamy textured palate and an umami finish. Fascinatingly lecker (delicious). "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Wiltinger Riesling Spatlese Vols II
A Riesling Medium Dry  White Table wine from Germany , Wiltingen, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 94+
Drink 2023 - 2045
Cost: $0
 
Harvested with 90° oechsle in the last week of October in the old Vols vineyard and picked without any botrytis the white-green colored 2013 Wiltinger Riesling Spatlese Vols II opens with a cool, fresh, limey, very mineral and initially fruit-reduced bouquet (which reveals fine Riesling flavors after a while in the glass), indicating concentration but asking for aeration. Sweet, dense, complex and very piquant on the palate this tightly woven, citric fresh Riesling should be stored at lest for 10 years. This is a Riesling you don’t care about whether it is dry or sweet because the mineral character is predominant here. This is what I call a real Mosel Grand Cru (or Grosse Lage) wine. It tastes almost dry (at least medium-dry) and delivers its terroir with just 8% of alcohol. It is an expressive Mosel Cru that demonstrates how light and filigreed a wine can be and how much terroir character and mineral depth it can show. A great 2013 Riesling for purists. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com

2013  Weingut Vols Wiltinger Riesling Spatlese Vols I
A Riesling Sweet  White Table wine from Germany , Wiltingen, Saar, Mosel, Germany,
 
Review by
eRobertParker.com # , #217 (Feb 2015)
Rating: 94-95
Drink 2030 - 2050
Cost: $0
 
Harvested in the first week of November with 30% botrytis and 96° oechsle the 2013 Wiltinger Riesling Spätlese Vols I is another elegant and very clear, fresh, cool, slate-like, limey and quince-flavored Riesling cru from the Vols vineyard, which is located close to the Scharzhofberg. "Our reddish slate is stonier and less weathered than in the Scharzhofberg, and we are more exposed to the south/south-west," says Plunien. The wine is noble, intense, and highly elegant on the palate and is a richer, sweeter style with ultra-ripe fruit and caramel flavors. It is noble, elegant, piquant and fresh and nicely stimulating, due to its pink-grapefruit flavor on the palate. Extremely well-selected botrytis here, and there is a lot of finesse and piquancy too. "I am super happy with 2013, although we harvested low quantities," says Helmut Plunien, when he served me a selection of his 2013s and three of his 2012s, which are still available in the US. "2013 delivers classic Saar Rieslings: steely, racy, mineral wines that are dancing over the palate and are not too heavy. However, you had to be relaxed as winemaker. Mid of October was too early on the Saar because the acidity levels were still too high. So we gambled and started harvest towards end of October, when the grapes very fully ripe and and we finished at the beginning of November, shortly before the rain came again. Our wines were kept on the full lees until April 2014 and they were bottled without fining. They were moved just one time. We don't need any additions because we let our wines develop themselves. The only thing you need then is time.“ Importer(s): Skurnik Wines, Inc., 48 West 25th Street ninth floor New York NY 10010, (516) 677-9300, www.skurnikwines.com