Riesling Auslese Trocken Saumagen "R"



One of the best bottlings from K-R: everything in its place, everything showing but still evolving, grace wedded to strength, fruit seasoned by salinity, and the petrolly, grainy, apricot-y, classically Pfalz-y flavors that just won’t quit. The qualitative equivalent of a GG for the estate, aged to perfection.

The Kallstadter Saumagen region was established in the early 1800's. It is located at the western edge of the city and is considered the best locations not just in Kallstadt but in all of Germany. This area is characterized by calcareous limestone, and Rieslings from here show a distinctive mineral quality.

The "R" designation refers to both ‘rare’ and ‘reserve’ ; the wines are made in exceedingly small quantity, and they are held back for many years in bottle before release.

94 points
"It is vital for me to update readers on the Koehler-Rupprecht 2008 Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese R because it is now performing at a level which far transcends what it revealed to me when I wrote it up in issue 187. There are mysteriously floral (iris) and animal (white truffle, sweetbread, raw scallop) dimensions now that render this still creamily-rich and subtly-honeyed Riesling profoundly intriguing and delicious. Moreover, there is a greater sense of primary juiciness and energy as befits the vintage’s personality than I detected a year earlier. This is an extraordinary wine and my apologies to readers for any extent to which my failure to adequately apply myself to tasting it last time might have contributed to my gross underestimation of its quality. You can anticipate yet greater glory, and plan to follow it for at least 20 years ? once you can get your hands on it, that is: release is tentatively scheduled for 2013. "
David Schildknecht,
Wine Advocate
, February 2011

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